Subaru Outback owners have reported 4 problems related to engine burning oil (under the engine and engine cooling category).
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.
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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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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.
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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|Engine And Engine Cooling problems||
|Engine Cooling System problems||
|Engine Head Gasket Failure problems||
|Car Stall problems||
|Engine Belts And Pulleys problems||
|Check Engine Light On problems||
|Engine Exhaust System problems||
|Coolant Leaking problems||