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I'm probably going with synthetic oil for my new Crosstrek whats the general consensus on when to switch and which brand is best.
I ran Amsoil in a Hyundai I had and never had any complaints but the local dealer delivered it to my house when I called him letting him know it was time to change my oil. I have since moved and will no longer have that exceptional service provided.

Thanks in advance.
 

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As previously mentioned, the Subaru FB20 in the Crosstrek is primarily designed to run on synthetic engine oil in the SAE viscosity of 0W-20.

Any fully synthetic motor oil meeting the following specs should be used.

API (American Petroleum Institute) classification
SM with the words "ENGERGY CONSERVING" or SN with the words "RESOURCE CONSERVING"

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ILSAC (International Lubricant Specification Advisory Committee)
GF-4 or GF-5, which can be identified with the ILSAC certification mark (Starburst mark)


meeting the SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) engine oil viscosity rating of
0W-20 (if vehicle is used in North America of a North American country's specifications)

SAE viscosities 5W-30 and 5W-40 may also be used, meeting the above API or ILSAC specs, but Subaru recommends 0W-20.

The exact wording in my owner's manual is shown below for substitute engine oil.
If 0W-20 synthetic oil is not available, 5W-30 or 5W-40 conventional oil may be used if replenishment is needed but should be changed to 0W-20 synthetic oil at the next oil change.

Generally, any synthetic meeting the primary specs should do perfectly fine. I run the Idemitsu-manufactured Subaru Synthetic Motor Oil and my used engine oil analysis results have been fine so far with it.



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You can also get a slightly-cheaper Idemitsu SAE 0W-20 viscosity motor oil without the Subaru branding.

But otherwise, I'm unaware of anything else specific to the topic of an optimal engine oil in the FB20.
 

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Just wanted to point out, my dealership told me that if I used oil below 95% synthetic, it actually voids the 5-year warranty on the power train. Thought I should point that out.
 

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That's a good point, hofferd & w/the many sales available @ the auto stores & retail outlets, why choose conventional oil. I'm curious to find oil filters to use that do the same job as the oem brand & cost less ? Any one w/answers ?
 

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I would NOT recommend just randomly getting an oil filter.

Subaru's engines are a bit odd in that they require a higher bypass-valve specification due to the high flow oil pumps.

Some of the brands I would recommend include Purolator, Wix, the Subaru OEM oil filters (blue is Honeywell/FRAM, black is Tokyo Roki).
Proof of Subaru's high flow pumps can be found here:
Subaru Oil Pump Specs as Relates to Filter Bypass | Engine Oil Filters | Bob Is The Oil Guy

There is also a super-expensive pink STI Sports Oil Filter that meets the specs, but is prohibitively expensive and usually run by motorsports teams.




Overall, considering the availability and low price, I would recommend the Purolator brand.
 
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