Not every vehicle needs an oil change every three years as previously recommended. With currently available lubricants, an oil change can last from 5,000 to 7,500 miles. In addition, a vehicle running on full-synthetic oil can last up to 15,000 miles. Even so, some Subaru owners reported faster oil depletion— as low as 1,000 miles.
For instance, a Subaru Impreza owner visited the dealer 14 times in 25,000 miles to fix oil consumption issues. Unfortunately, a vehicle with an oil problem can break down anytime or anywhere, causing costly inconveniences.
If you’re seeking relief from a Subaru with a persistent oil problem, a California lemon law attorney can help.
In response to Federal Vehicle Standards, automakers are required to manufacture highly efficient engines. As a result, the new engine designs suffered restricted oil durability.
Some consumer posts suggested that the piston ring design was the source of the problem. As a result, oil bypasses the piston and results in premature combustion. Although consumers who encountered the problem suggested a change of pistons, the manufacturer insisted oil consumption was within the proper range.
In recent years, Subaru owners filed a lawsuit against the automaker regarding the premature/abnormal/excessive oil consumption in many of its models. The lawsuit cited that vehicle owners grappled with the constant need to replenish oil at an unreasonably high price.
The lawsuit also highlighted the additional hazards Subaru owners faced. For instance, safety hazards in case the vehicle stalls under any condition or speed.
Subaru offered some remedies following the lawsuit:
Although Subaru issued some relief, it didn’t meet the expectations of all affected vehicle owners. Luckily, California lemon laws protect consumers from the inconvenience and losses of defective cars.
A manufacturer or dealer is given a reasonable opportunity to fix the vehicle defect before invoking lemon laws.
Here are the available remedies:
Most reported Subaru oil consumption issues are recurrent, making a possible lemon case. Owners should always work with an experienced attorney regarding their options. At Lemon Law123, we help vehicle owners seek relief from their lemons.
Contact us online or call us at 657-529-5239 for a free case review.