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Engine Burning Oil Problems of Subaru Outback

Subaru Outback owners have reported 10 problems related to engine burning oil (under the engine and engine cooling category).

car image   Engine Burning Oil problem of the 2013 Subaru Outback 1
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 2014 Subaru Outback 2
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.

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car image   Engine Burning Oil problem of the 2013 Subaru Outback 3
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 4
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 5
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 2013 Subaru Outback 6
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 7
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 2003 Subaru Outback 8
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 9
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 10
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.