Subaru Legacy Oil Capacity


subaru legacy oil capacity

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Most Subarus have the oil type printed on the oil cap – it will likely be 5W-20, 5W-30, 5W-40, 10W-30 or 10W-40. If it isn’t printed on the oil cap, check your owner’s manual for the exact type before adding new oil.

We recommend wearing safety glasses whenever you are working under your Legacy. You never know what could be dripping down from the engine, battery acid, engine coolant, brake fluid, etc. All of these fluids are extremely harmful to your eyes and skin so it is important to protect yourself.

1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 Subaru Legacy oil capacity and oil change

Engine Oil capacity Recommended oil type Oil change interval
EJ 16 Legacy 1.6 4.5 L 5W-30 12,500 km (7,500 miles) or 12 months
EJ 18 Legacy 1.8 4.5 L 5W-30 12,500 km (7,500 miles) or 12 months
EJ 20 Legacy 2.0 4.0 L 5W-30 12,500 km (7,500 miles) or 12 months
EJ 20 turbo Legacy 2.0 Turbo 4.5 L 5W-30 5,000-10,000 km
(3,000-6,000 miles) or 12 months
EJ 22 Legacy 2.2 4.5 L

10W-30

10W-40

5W-30

15,000 km (9,000 miles) or 12 month

How to change the motor oil in Subaru Legacy 1993-1999

Tools needed

  1. Fast Lift Service Jack 
  2. Jack Stands 
  3. Gloves 
  4. Oil Drain Pan 
  5. Wheel Ramps 
  6. Oil Filter Wrench 
  7. Oil Funnel 
  8. 17 mm Socket 
  9. Socket Set and Ratchet 
  10. Oil Drain Plug with Gasket 
  11. Oil Filter 
  12. Engine Additives 
  13. Best Motor Oil for Subaru Legacy
    Bestseller No. 1
    AmazonBasics High Mileage Motor Oil, Full Synthetic, SN Plus, dexos1-Gen2, 5W-30, 5 Quart
    High resistance to viscosity and thermal breakdown; Helps to fight volatility burn-off to minimize engine deposits and exhaust emissions
    $24.99
    Bestseller No. 2
    Castrol 03102 GTX High Mileage 5W-30 Synthetic Blend Motor Oil, 5 Quart
    For cars with over 75,000 miles; Helps prevent catalytic converter and emission system failure
    $18.92
    Bestseller No. 3
    Valvoline High Mileage with MaxLife Technology SAE 5W-30 Synthetic Blend Motor Oil 5 QT
    Seal conditioners rejuvenate aging engine seals to help stop and prevent oil leaks; Extra wear protection helps prevent future engine wear
    $17.47

2000 2001 2002 2003 Subaru Legacy oil capacity

Engine Oil capacity / Filter capacity Recommended oil type Oil change interval
EJ 25 Legacy 2.5 4.5 (2000-2007)
4.3 (WRX/STI 2000+)
0W-30
5W-30
5W-40
10W-30
10W-40
5,000-10,000 km
(3,000-6,000 miles) or 12 months
EJ 20 Legacy 2.0 4.0 1993-2007 5W-30 12,500 km (7,500 miles) or 12 months

2000-2003 Subaru Legacy oil change

Tools needed

  1. Fast Lift Service Jack 
  2. Jack Stands 
  3. Gloves 
  4. Oil Drain Pan 
  5. Wheel Ramps 
  6. Oil Filter Wrench 
  7. Oil Funnel 
  8. 17 mm Socket 
  9. Socket Set and Ratchet 
  10. Oil Drain Plug with Gasket 
  11. Oil Filter 
  12. Best Motor Oil for Subaru Legacy
    Bestseller No. 1
    AmazonBasics High Mileage Motor Oil, Full Synthetic, SN Plus, dexos1-Gen2, 5W-30, 5 Quart
    High resistance to viscosity and thermal breakdown; Helps to fight volatility burn-off to minimize engine deposits and exhaust emissions
    $24.99
    Bestseller No. 2
    Castrol 03102 GTX High Mileage 5W-30 Synthetic Blend Motor Oil, 5 Quart
    For cars with over 75,000 miles; Helps prevent catalytic converter and emission system failure
    $18.92
    Bestseller No. 3
    Valvoline High Mileage with MaxLife Technology SAE 5W-30 Synthetic Blend Motor Oil 5 QT
    Seal conditioners rejuvenate aging engine seals to help stop and prevent oil leaks; Extra wear protection helps prevent future engine wear
    $17.47

2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 Subaru Legacy oil capacity

Engine Oil capacity / Filter capacity Recommended oil type (viscosity) Oil change interval
EJ255 Legacy 2.5 Turbo 4 L 5W-30 6 000 km / 4 months
EZ 30 Legacy 3.0 5.5 L

0W-30

5W-30

5W-40

10W-30

10W-40

15 000 km / 12 months
EJ253 Legacy 2.5 4 L 5W-30 12 000 km / 8 months

How to replace the motor oil in Subaru Legacy 2004-2009

Tools needed

  1. Fast Lift Service Jack 
  2. Jack Stands 
  3. Gloves 
  4. Oil Drain Pan 
  5. Wheel Ramps 
  6. Oil Filter Wrench 
  7. Oil Funnel 
  8. 17 mm Socket 
  9. Socket Set and Ratchet 
  10. Oil Drain Plug with Gasket 
  11. Oil Filter 
  12. Best Motor Oil for Subaru Legacy
    Bestseller No. 1
    AmazonBasics High Mileage Motor Oil, Full Synthetic, SN Plus, dexos1-Gen2, 5W-30, 5 Quart
    High resistance to viscosity and thermal breakdown; Helps to fight volatility burn-off to minimize engine deposits and exhaust emissions
    $24.99
    Bestseller No. 2
    Castrol 03102 GTX High Mileage 5W-30 Synthetic Blend Motor Oil, 5 Quart
    For cars with over 75,000 miles; Helps prevent catalytic converter and emission system failure
    $18.92
    Bestseller No. 3
    Valvoline High Mileage with MaxLife Technology SAE 5W-30 Synthetic Blend Motor Oil 5 QT
    Seal conditioners rejuvenate aging engine seals to help stop and prevent oil leaks; Extra wear protection helps prevent future engine wear
    $17.47

2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 Subaru Legacy oil capacity

Engine Oil capacity / Filter capacity Recommended oil type Oil change interval
EJ255 Legacy 2.5 Turbo 4.3 L 5W-30 12 000 km / 8 months
EJ253 Legacy 2.5 4.2 L 5W-30 12 000 km / 8 months
EZ36D Legacy 3.0 6.3 L

0W-30

5W-30

5W-40

10W-30

10W-40

12 000 km / 8 months

How to change the engine oil in Subaru Legacy 2010-2014

Tools needed

  1. Fast Lift Service Jack 
  2. Jack Stands 
  3. Gloves 
  4. Oil Drain Pan 
  5. Wheel Ramps 
  6. Oil Filter Wrench 
  7. Oil Funnel 
  8. 14 mm Socket 
  9. 10 mm Socket 
  10. Socket Set and Ratchet 
  11. Oil Drain Plug 
  12. Oil Filter 
  13. Best Motor Oil for Subaru Legacy
    Bestseller No. 1
    AmazonBasics High Mileage Motor Oil, Full Synthetic, SN Plus, dexos1-Gen2, 5W-30, 5 Quart
    High resistance to viscosity and thermal breakdown; Helps to fight volatility burn-off to minimize engine deposits and exhaust emissions
    $24.99
    Bestseller No. 2
    Castrol 03102 GTX High Mileage 5W-30 Synthetic Blend Motor Oil, 5 Quart
    For cars with over 75,000 miles; Helps prevent catalytic converter and emission system failure
    $18.92
    Bestseller No. 3
    Valvoline High Mileage with MaxLife Technology SAE 5W-30 Synthetic Blend Motor Oil 5 QT
    Seal conditioners rejuvenate aging engine seals to help stop and prevent oil leaks; Extra wear protection helps prevent future engine wear
    $17.47

2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 Subaru Legacy oil capacity

subaru legacy oil capacity

Engine Oil capacity / Filter capacity Recommended oil type Oil change interval
FA20DIT Legacy 2.0T 5.1 L / 0.2 L

0W-20

5W-20

5W-30

5W-40

15 000 km/ 12 months
FB25 Legacy 2.5i 4.8 L / 0.2 L 0W-20
5W-20
5W-30
5W-40
15 000 km/ 12 months
EZ36D Legacy 3.6R 6.5 L / 0.2 L

0W-30

5W-30

5W-40

10W-30

10W-40

15 000 km/ 12 months

How to change the motor oil in Subaru Legacy 2015-2020

Tools needed

  1. Fast Lift Service Jack 
  2. Jack Stands 
  3. Gloves 
  4. Oil Drain Pan 
  5. Wheel Ramps 
  6. Oil Filter Wrench 
  7. Oil Funnel 
  8. 14 mm Socket 
  9. 10 mm Socket 
  10. Socket Set and Ratchet 
  11. Oil Drain Plug 
  12. Oil Drain Plug Crush Washer 
  13. Oil Filter 
  14. Best Motor Oil for Subaru Legacy
    Bestseller No. 1
    AmazonBasics High Mileage Motor Oil, Full Synthetic, SN Plus, dexos1-Gen2, 5W-30, 5 Quart
    High resistance to viscosity and thermal breakdown; Helps to fight volatility burn-off to minimize engine deposits and exhaust emissions
    $24.99
    Bestseller No. 2
    Castrol 03102 GTX High Mileage 5W-30 Synthetic Blend Motor Oil, 5 Quart
    For cars with over 75,000 miles; Helps prevent catalytic converter and emission system failure
    $18.92
    Bestseller No. 3
    Valvoline High Mileage with MaxLife Technology SAE 5W-30 Synthetic Blend Motor Oil 5 QT
    Seal conditioners rejuvenate aging engine seals to help stop and prevent oil leaks; Extra wear protection helps prevent future engine wear
    $17.47

The Oil Is Black and Gritty

New oil is the color of honey, but after just a few weeks of use, it begins to turn dark. This color change is acceptable, but as soon as you see particles mixed in with that darker-colored oil, it’s time for an oil change. These particles can get stuck in your engine and overwhelm your oil filter, which will result in clogging and unnecessary buildup. Has your oil changed before this becomes a problem?

The Engine Runs Loudly

Oil is an engine lubricant, preventing parts from grinding against one another. The dry friction of the constantly moving parts gives off a metallic grinding sound. If your engine begins to run louder and makes abnormal and unpleasant noises, don’t delay that oil change any longer or your Subaru could suffer serious consequences.

Last update on 2019-12-15 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

Dan Hoffman

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