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Subaru Facing Lawsuit Over Oil Use Problem

Vehicles using too much oil, causing costly repairs.

by on Jul.21, 2014

The 2014 Subaru Forester is one a few Subaru vehicles with oil usage problem, alleges a lawsuit.

Subaru of America is facing a lawsuit – that may become a class action – because of the amount of oil the company’s vehicles use.

The problem stems from the fact that in the opinion of some owners, the company’s vehicles use a lot of engine oil…and quickly. The result in some instances has been some pricey repairs due to the problem: repairs in the thousands of dollars.

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The suit claims the vehicles “prematurely burn off and/or consume abnormal and excessive amounts of engine oil” and claims Subaru is unwilling to fix the problem. Subaru doesn’t believe there is a problem. (more…)

Subaru Defies Gravity

But can SoA keep the momentum going?

by on Jan.04, 2010

Leading the way: Subaru was one of only three brands to post a sales gain in 2009 and will close the year with record volume.

While December’s numbers may hold the faint glimmering of hope, it will be difficult to put much of a positive spin on dismal 2009 – unless you’re Subaru of America (SoA), that is.  When the year’s final numbers are reported, this week, the U.S. market will show a decline of 24%, to the lowest level of sales since the deep recession of the early 1980s.  But despite the doom-and-gloom of the American economy, Subaru somehow pulled off a 14% increase in sales for the year.

The Japanese maker, long little more than a niche marketer, jumped from 19th among all automotive brands operating in the U.S., surging past Volkswagen of America – whose parent will end ’09 as the world’s largest automaker – and coming within a hairsbreadth of Chrysler’s Jeep division.

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Subaru was one of only three brands to post a sales gain in the U.S. in 2009 – Korea’s Kia was up 8%, while its sibling, Hyundai, gained 6%.  And the Japanese maker did it without relying on the budget-busting cash-back offers that propped up its rivals.  While the automaker won’t provide precise details, industry-watchers estimate SoA spent an average of just $1,800 a vehicle in rebates and other givebacks, compared with an industry average of $2,700, and more than $5,000 for some brands, such as General Motors.