Engine Burning Oil Problems of Subaru Outback

Subaru Outback owners have reported 25 problems related to engine burning oil (under the engine and engine cooling category). The most recently reported issues are listed below. Also please check out the statistics and reliability analysis of Subaru Outback based on all problems reported for the Outback.

car image   Engine Burning Oil problem of the 2012 Subaru Outback 1
Failure Date: 12/14/2017

The contact owns a 2012 Subaru Outback. While driving at an unknown speed, the vehicle shuttered and stalled without warning. The vehicle was towed to mastria Subaru (1255 new state hwy, raynham, MA 02767) where it was diagnosed that the engine was burning oil. The engine needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 145,459.

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car image   Engine Burning Oil problem of the 2014 Subaru Outback 2
Failure Date: 10/10/2017

Tl- contact owns a 2014 Subaru Outback. Class action lawsuit through Subaru for excessive oil consumption. Contact took vehicle to Subaru and had engine checked for oil consumption and engine oil was empty. Subaru said no recall on vehicle. Contact wants engine block replaced free of charge. . Subaru stated engine block is not under recall. 0 recalls associated with this VIN.

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car image   Engine Burning Oil problem of the 2012 Subaru Outback 3
Failure Date: 09/21/2017

3. 6 engine uses 1/2 quart oil after 3000 mile oil change. Car has alway had 5w30 mobile 1 oil used in it since we had the car. Had some minor oil consumption at first but now it is becoming more common. Dealership said it cause the oil manufactures are making the oil thinner so that is causing the problem? sorry I was no not born yesterday. 2 reasons for oil consumption that I know is a oil leak or defective piston rings which Subaru has had issues with on other model cars.

car image   Engine Burning Oil problem of the 2014 Subaru Outback 4
Failure Date: 08/31/2017

Vehicle began using oil after approximately 29,000 miles. Low oil pressure light was illuminated on the dashboard. Contacted the dealer and was told to bring the vehicle in immediately. The oil and filter were changed and I was instructed to bring the vehicle back after 1200 miles for a "oil consumption test" . The test was performed at the dealership, patrick Subaru and the results, 1/3 qt. Of oil was consumed and the information was sent to Subaru of America. My claim was denied. I have since driven the car 2789 miles and have consumed 1. 1qts of oil. I contacted the dealership and was told another oil consumption test must be performed to determine if the vehicle is eligible for repair. Please note that a class action suite was awarded against Subaru for 2012 to 2014 vehicles using excessive oil. This vehicle carries the "prez" emblem for particle zero emissions. Yet this vehicle emits over a quart of oil every 2790 miles.

car image   Engine Burning Oil problem of the 2008 Subaru Outback 5
Failure Date: 08/11/2017

Takata recall-- Subaru "repair" of defective airbags dangerous. Warning light illuminates regularly. Subaru refuses to fix. ----note Subaru also refused to repair long reported issues with brakes, air bag, windshield. They sought $$thousands of dollars in repair billings. All three of these later subject of recalls. Subaru reported oil consumption due to gasket leakage, concern for cat converter as potential repair billing. This appears to be a fourth potential subject of recall now. ----- what more has to be defective on one car before entire car recalled?!.

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car image   Engine Burning Oil problem of the 2014 Subaru Outback 6
Failure Date: 07/15/2017

My Subaru Outback 2014 has 50,000 miles, low oil light comes up about 4000 miles after oil change. Subaru manual said that is 7500 miles between oil change. Subaru dealer performs oil consumption test. Subaru dealer told me it is normal and that I have to add oil if low oil light come up. I feel like they are cheating.

car image   Engine Burning Oil problem of the 2014 Subaru Outback 7
Failure Date: 07/03/2017

At 38,000 miles low-oil light came on while driving. I stopped at a madison WI dealer who indicated the consumption is normal. I argued that I have never had a low-oil light come on in over forty years of driving. Was told they would be glad to conduct an oil consumption test. There is now 40,000 miles on the car and it is using a quart every 3,500 miles. There are multiple complaints. Nhtsa needs to force Subaru to replace these engines.

car image   Engine Burning Oil problem of the 2014 Subaru Outback 8
Failure Date: 07/01/2016

The contact owns a 2014 Subaru Outback. While stationary, the vehicle consumed an inordinate amount of oil. The vehicle was diagnosed as having an oil consumption failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 65,000.

car image   Engine Burning Oil problem of the 2013 Subaru Outback 9
Failure Date: 01/01/2016

This car consumes oil. It's been a consistent problem since turning 25k, we have had 3 oil consumption tests and Subaru states that losing between 1. 1qts between service intervals is normal. This is not normal. These engines are flawed. No modern car should consume/lose oil. Having owned a 2009 Subaru Outback impreza sport and knowing others with Subaru Outbacks w/out this problem it is clearly a manufacturing defect that Subaru does not want to assume responsibility for. I urge the NHTSA to investigate these complaints and force Subaru to recall the effected engines.

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car image   Engine Burning Oil problem of the 2013 Subaru Outback 10
Failure Date: 01/01/2016

Excessive oil consumption, oil light illuminates every 3000 miles instead of purported 7500 miles. Problems started in 2016 at about 70,000 miles. Dealership did test , confirmed excessive oil consumption and is replacing short block in vehicle. Dealership states extended warranty on this problem.

car image   Engine Burning Oil problem of the 2014 Subaru Outback 11
Failure Date: 12/15/2015

At approximately 29000 mileage on the my 2014 Subaru Outback, I was driving on the highway and the oil level lamp illuminated. I pulled over and checked the oil level and found it to be not readable on the dipstick. I added a quart, which brought the level to half. I then reported to the dealer, beardmore Subaru in bellevue, ne. They updated the software and replaced the oil level switch. They also initiated a an oil consumption test and I have to return in 1200 miles to have level recorded. However, when I left the dealership, I checked the oil a few weeks later (approx 400 miles driven), while the engine was cool, and noticed the oil level was well above the full mark. Clearly they overfilled the engine. Additionally, the mechanic left open the top of the coolant resevoir (which I did not ask them to even check). I will be calling them on Monday to report this issue.

car image   Engine Burning Oil problem of the 2013 Subaru Outback 12
Failure Date: 06/01/2015

Severe burning oil issue. Releasing toxic smoke into atmosphere. This is a wide spread issue with Subaru 2. 5 motors. They are only offering a fix for anyone in warrantee. This is preventing many vehicles from being repaired due to cost of repair. This happens mainly on highway driving for me. I had my engine replaced out of warranty and now the junkyard motor they gave me is doing the same thing. Subaru needs to take ownership of this issue, and needs to fix all of these affected motors.

car image   Engine Burning Oil problem of the 2013 Subaru Outback 13
Failure Date: 05/13/2015

Engine is burning oil into atmosphere. Getting less than 800 miles before oil light comes on. Consumes over a quart of synthetic motor oil every two weeks. Subaru has been replacing motors for only when people complain and only if they are in warranty, I was outside of warranty when I experienced this, thankfully I bought some extended insurance, however they only replace the motor with a junkyard motor, which may fail again, I already suspect I am burning oil and am indeed facing the same issue after only 4 weeks. Subaru needs to take ownership of this mfgr. Defect. They are polluting the atmosphere and doing as little as possible to resolve. This issue appears to affect a good portion of these cars as evidenced by all of the online chatter about it. They are fully aware of the issue. I only found out about this issue upon noticing lack of power and having my catalytic converter replaced due to it being clogged. I am already noticing this same issue there too. When I bought this car, the issue was already known to Subaru. Yet they did not to resolve the polluting issue. Please look into this to prevent any worse damage to the environment. I am in the process of getting rid of this vehicle, but someone else may be stuck with the same issue. This happens during all driving situations. . Highway or on local roads.

car image   Engine Burning Oil problem of the 2014 Subaru Outback 14
Failure Date: 05/12/2015

I purchased after 1 year old from Subaru dealership. In 2014 at about 17,000 miles. After ever oil change, the oil light goes on at about - 1,500 miles prior. Tonthe oil change being due. I went to the local dealership and they stayed it is normal with that lighter aeght synthetic oil. Recommended oil consumption test if it kept happening. Now I find out today from corporate Subaru # that warranty expired at 69,000. I have 66,000 on my Outback. The local dealer never informed me about the 60,000 limit. I & my husband own an independent goodyear dealership, have 4 mechanics, why would I want to pay another dealership to go a consumption test.

car image   Engine Burning Oil problem of the 2014 Subaru Outback 15
Failure Date: 05/05/2015

The contact owns a 2014 Subaru Outback. The contact stated that there was an internal oil consumption failure. The dealer was unable to determine the cause of the failure. After the vehicle was taken to the dealer three times, the vehicle passed an oil consumption test twice. The service engine and oil indicators randomly illuminated for months. The manufacturer was notified of the failure, but provided no solution. The failure could cause catastrophic engine failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN and failure mileage were not available.

car image   Engine Burning Oil problem of the 2014 Subaru Outback 16
Failure Date: 12/24/2014

Brand new car and engine burning oil issue: Subaru of georgetown, TX, dealer told me that I did not have to change the oil until I reached 7500 miles on my brand new 2014 Subaru Outback. At 4900 miles, oil pressure and low oil lights came on briefly, then turned off 30 miles later. I didn't check the level since the the lights turned off. Then 50 miles later, both turned on again. I checked the dipstick, and there was approx. 1mm of oil registering on the bottom of the dipstick. The Subaru of baton rouge, la dealer told me this was normal and changed the oil at 5400 miles.

car image   Engine Burning Oil problem of the 2014 Subaru Outback 17
Failure Date: 11/24/2014

Outback 2. 5l. We noticed oil consumption after the 3-4th oil change. All oil changes were preformed at Subaru dealership ( browns manasssas or sheehy springfiield). We asked why we were having to add oil and told that this was normal. The situation has gotten worse with low oil light coming on at about 4,000 miles on the oil change. We notified Subaru headquarters and they suggested an oil consumption test. That was the first time that had been suggested. The mileage was about appx 72,000 miles. We did they oil consumption test on the next oil change at appx 78,800. We brought the vehicle in after 1,200miles (80,000 miles). The vehicle used 3 oz. Of oil in 1,200 miles. We were told that was in normal limits or specs. I have never had a vehicle that used that much oil with such low mileage since I had this start to happen about 22,500 miles.

car image   Engine Burning Oil problem of the 2013 Subaru Outback 18
Failure Date: 10/24/2014

Oil consumption problem. Oil light comes on before recommended oil change. Did 1200 mile oil consumption test with no oil burned. At about 5,000 miles oil light comes on again. I beleive there is a TSB out but I beleive Subaru should fix problem regardless of expense. Still under waranty. Still working with dealer who have been very good about this problem so far.

car image   Engine Burning Oil problem of the 2013 Subaru Outback 19
Failure Date: 08/17/2013

VIN: 4s4brcbc0d3301908 year: 2013 vehicle: Outback model: 2. 5i premium vehicle purchase date 08/05/2013 August 2013 (less than 2500 miles in the car) returning from a trip pembroke pines, FL to clifton, NJ to pembroke pines, FL. On returning trip Saturday, 11:00 am or so. Southbound on I-95 before jacksonville, FL, oil light turn on. Subaru road assistance recommended Subaru of jacksonville, FL. Went there and they pour some oil and said everything was fine. August 31st, 2015, started to travel to jacksonville, tallahassee and gainesville, FL. More than 3 similar incidents in 2015. January 2016 situation increases. Between Dec 2015 and Jan 2016, car repeated the low oil level situation 3 times. Jan 25, 2016, Subaru of jax ran a 1200 miles oil consumption test. Result was negative. Missing oil was between Subaru standards. Weekend on fri, 04/08/2016 7:30 pm, driving from jax to pembroke pines, FL, low oil level light came back on. Tried to reset it several times, turning the car off and on. Only by fort lauderdale light went off completely. Oil level checked next day 04/09/2016. Oil missing on the stick. 2/3 of qtr. Oil added. Mon, 04/11/2016, visited Subaru of jax and register the occurrence. Fri, 05/06/ 2016, from jax to pembroke pines, FL and back on sun, 05/08/2016. Low oil level light came on several times. Next gas station, purchased most compatible full synthetic quarter oil and pour half of the bottle. Light went off for the rest of trip. Thu, 05/12/2016, went to Subaru of jax to report problem experienced and to make oil change at 49,702 miles. Agreed with service manager to use oil with more viscosity, 5w30 instead of Subaru recommended 0w20. They check oil level and determine that 3/4 of a quarter of oil was missing. So we are talking of quarter or more of total oil missing between oil changes. I didn¿t like that.

car image   Engine Burning Oil problem of the 2013 Subaru Outback 20
Failure Date: 06/07/2013

2013 Subaru Outback. Consumer writes in regards to excessive oil consumption problems after replacement of oil sending unit. The consumer stated he was experiencing excessive oil consumption, before the oil sending unit was replaced. Over the next few years, the oil light illuminated at an increasing rate. The consumer stated the dealer attempted to mask the problem by over-filling the reservoir, telling the amount of oil consumer was normal, etc.

car image   Engine Burning Oil problem of the 2013 Subaru Outback 21
Failure Date: 05/02/2013

Excessive oil consumption: the vehicle was purchased new in December 2012. At mileage 4,682, the engine oil level warning light illuminated. I took it to the original dealer and they observed that the oil level was low and they topped it off. The next time the light illuminated, the dealer initiated an oil consumption test. According to the test parameters, the vehicle did not consume oil excessively during the test period. Following the first test, the engine oil level warning light illuminated on 2 other occasions and the dealer performed 2 modified oil consumption tests (see fb engine oil control ring TSB oil consumption test). Again both tests showed no oil consumption during the test interval. The second test was performed at 16,976 miles and the third test performed at 20,896 miles. The light would illuminate prior to the next schedule oil change (dealer recommends 5,550 miles) at approximately 3,500 miles. I submitted a warranty claim with Subaru north America and they authorized a short block replacement at 22,270 miles.

car image   Engine Burning Oil problem of the 2011 Subaru Outback 22
Failure Date: 12/01/2007

At 72,000 miles, the 3. 6 litre engine has begun to push oil out of the engine. My mechanic said it is a known fact that their engines do this. I see where newer model owners won a class action lawsuit against Subaru who knew their engines are faulty and push or burn oil. I believe more model years should be covered in a complaint. At 72,000 miles, the engine is barely broken in. December.

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car image   Engine Burning Oil problem of the 2003 Subaru Outback 23
Failure Date: 06/17/2006

The contact owns a 2003 Subaru Outback. The contact stated that the vehicle would continuously overheat while driving or while the vehicle was sitting idle with the engine on. The contact also mentioned the vehicle was emitting a burning oil smell. He stated that the failure was due to a defective head gasket. The failure mileage was 80,000 and the current mileage was 112,000.

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car image   Engine Burning Oil problem of the 2013 Subaru Outback 24
Failure Date: 05/07/2001

On 1000 mile one way trip the oil light came on and it could checked out for another 100 miles. This was not too dangerous but my wife is 67 years old, doesn't understand car engines and was very frightened about what to do. They stopped the car immediately and called me, to ask what to do. For anyone, especially women stopped at the side of the interstate this creates a dangerous situation. I have been told that ntsb has been told of the excessive oil consumption of Subaru Outback, legacy and other Subaru models using a defective oil ring. It seems to me that this presents several dangers considering especially the cost of the repair. Because of this cost the repairs will probably go without correction. This situation could lead to severe loss of compression, power and a dangerous problem when acceleration is critical.

car image   Engine Burning Oil problem of the 2003 Subaru Outback 25
Failure Date: 01/01/1901

2003 Subaru Outback with leaking head gaskets. Consumer would like to be reimbursed for repair cost. At around 80,000 the consumer began to smell burning oil. The consumer stated Subaru recalled other models because of a possible external leak at the cylinder head gaskets. The consumer stated her model has the same engine as the other models. The consumer stated Subaru was only will to cover 50% of the cost.

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