An Oil Consumption Settlement is on the Way

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Scott McCracken
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Subaru has agreed to settle a lawsuit that says certain cars require a small fortune to keep the engine full of oil. The plaintiffs say there aren't enough dead dinosaurs and other fossil fuels to keep these engines fed.

The original lawsuit thought the problem was defective piston rings, but:

"Subaru issued four technical service bulletins to dealers about excessive oil consumption that told dealers to replace the piston rings for any customer who complained about oil consumption. Subaru owners complain the cost can be as much as $8,000 to replace the piston rings and it does nothing to decrease oil consumption."

Subaru has agreed to provide a free “oil consumption test” to affected owners, in addition to extending the warranty to 8 years/100,000 miles.

Settlement notices have been or will be mailed to owners who then must file for compensation.

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