Subaru Service information page: Oils Used. Subaru Cambelt Replacement.
STOP PRESS: Subaru original black oil filters used on all turbo car servicing
Service Schedules for different model years:
Turbo vehicles:Subaru Servicing
1992-1999 Service intervals 6 months or 7500 miles. Major Service every 30,000 miles. Cambelt change every 45,000 miles
2000 The Subaru Service
schedule changed in the year 2000 in that the Subaru
change was due at 60,000 miles. This meant that the first cambelt
change now coincided with the major 60,000 mile service (instead of
the 45K interim service previously) leading to a hefty bill
at only 60,000 miles (over £750 by today's rates at some
2001-2007 The Subaru service was changed again
in 2001 when the Subaru service intervals became 10,000 miles
apart instead of 7,500 miles and the Subaru cambelt service was due every 50,000
miles. This meant that the Subaru service was now cheaper
needing a service only every 10,000 miles but
also that the cambelt service at 50,000 miles once again
coincided with an interim service and the brake fluid change was moved from the C service to the B service thus spreading the
costs more evenly, however many Subaru owners prefer to follow the original Subaru service schedule of the classic cars at least for the engine oil changes every 7500 miles and for highly tuned cars every 3500-4000 miles.
2006-2007 Some 2006- model year cars had the service schedule ammended with a new page stuck over the old service schedule in the service book. These cars had the spark plug and coolant replacement moved from the 36,000 mile service into the 60,000 mile service. We would recommend replacing these items on the original 36,000 mile service.
2008-2009 Another change to the Subaru turbo service schedule occurred in 2008. Gear and differential oils are changed to the 40,000 mile service and the spark plugs only every 60,000 miles. Antifreeze is long life changed at 100,000 miles and the cambelt interval is 66,000 miles (although many owners will probably stick to the 50,000 or 60,000 mile interval).
Non Turbo vehicles:Subaru Servicing
1992-2002: Service intervals 6 months or 7500 miles. Major Service every 30,000 miles. Cambelt change every 45,000 miles
2003-2007: Service interval changed to 12,000
miles. Major service at 36,000 miles. Cambelt changed at 60,000 miles.
2006-2007 Amended Some 2006- model year cars had the service schedule ammended with a new page stuck over the old service schedule in the service book. These cars had the spark plug and coolant replacement moved from the 36,000 mile service into the 60,000 mile service. We would recommend replacing these items on the original 36,000 mile service unless platinum plugs have been fitted.
2008-2009: Service items spread more evenly across the services so no really major service. Gear and differential oils changed every 48,000 miles. Air filter every 36,000 miles and brake fluid every 24,000 miles. Subaru Long life antifreeze changed every 100.000 miles. Cambelt change at 66,000 miles (although many owners will probably stick to the 50,000 mile interval).
Diesel vehicles:Subaru Servicing
2008- Service interval 12,000 miles or 12 months. Air filter and brake fluid every 24 months 24,000 miles. Major service every 48,000 miles. Coolant every 100,000 miles. No cambelt.
All Makes Servicing
Unless otherwise instructed the following oils will be used :
Subaru Turbo Cars:
Motul 15W/50 Double Ester Base Fully Synthetic
Millers 10/W60 Triple Ester Fully Synthetic
Millers 10W/60 Nanodrive Fully Synthetic
Subaru Non Turbo Cars:
Triple QX 10W/40 Semi Synthetic
Subaru Diesel Cars:
5W/30 ACEA C3 Fully Synthetic
75W/90 Fully Synthetic
Non LSD Models:80W/90
LSD Models 90PA LSD Oil
All services include Petrol or Diesel Fuel System Cleaner,
All services up to 60K include engine oil flush
unless otherwise instructed.
Between Subaru services it is recommended that you regularly check the engine oil, coolant, brake, clutch and windscreen washer levels. You should also check tyre pressures and ensure all lights and indicators are fully functional.
Note: during the new vehicle "running-in period" - the first 3000m (5,000km), it is normal for engines to consume increased engine oil - this obviously means it is even more important to check and maintain fluid levels in the early stages of new vehicle ownership or engine rebuild.