Subaru Outback 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 owners manual for the exact type before adding new oil. We recommend wearing safety glasses whenever you are working under your Outback.

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.

1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 Subaru Outback Oil Capacity and Oil Change Interval

Engine Oil capacity / Filter capacity (liters) Recommended oil type (viscosity) Oil change interval, km (miles)
EJ 16 Outback 1.6 4 0W-30
5W-30
5W-40
10W-30
10W-40
12500 km / 6 months
EJ 18 Outback 1.8 4.5 0W-30
5W-30
5W-40
10W-30
10W-40
12500 km / 6 months
EJ 20 Outback 2.0

4.0 1993-2007

4.5 WRX/STI 1993-2000

0W-30
5W-30
5W-40
10W-30
10W-40
5000-10000
(3000-6000)
EJ 22 Outback 2.2 4.5 10W30, 10W40, 5W30 15000 (9000) or 12 months
EJ 25 Outback 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
(3,000-6,000)

Subaru Outback oil change 1994-1999

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 Outback
    Bestseller No. 1
    AmazonBasics High Mileage Motor Oil, Full Synthetic, SN Plus, dexos1-Gen2, 5W-30, 5 Quart
    High-mileage full-synthetic motor oil (5W-30, 5 quart); offers higher level of protection for engines over 75,000 miles and longer drain intervals
    $24.99
    Bestseller No. 2
    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
    $16.97

2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 Subaru Outback oil capacity

Engine Oil capacity / Filter capacity (liters) Recommended oil type (grade) Oil change interval, km (miles)
EJ 25 Outback 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
(3,000-6,000)
EJ 20 Outback 2.0

4.0 1993-2007

4.5 WRX/STI 1993-2000

0W-30
5W-30
5W-40
10W-30
10W-40
5000-10000
(3000-6000)

How to change the motor oil and oil filter in Subaru Outback 2000-2004

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 Outback
    Bestseller No. 1
    AmazonBasics High Mileage Motor Oil, Full Synthetic, SN Plus, dexos1-Gen2, 5W-30, 5 Quart
    High-mileage full-synthetic motor oil (5W-30, 5 quart); offers higher level of protection for engines over 75,000 miles and longer drain intervals
    $24.99
    Bestseller No. 2
    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
    $16.97

2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 Subaru Outback oil capacity

Engine Oil capacity / Filter capacity (liters) Recommended oil type (grade) Oil change interval, km (miles)
EJ 20 Outback 2.0 4.2 2007+
5.0 WRX/STI 2000-2007
0W-30
5W-30
5W-40
10W-30
10W-40
5,000-10,000
(3,000-6,000)
EJ 25 Outback 2.5 4 0W-30
5W-30
5W-40
10W-30
10W-40
5,000-10,000
(3,000-6,000)
EZ 30 Outback 3.0 5.5 / 0.2 0W-30
5W-30
5W-40
10W-30
10W-40
5,000-10,000
(3,000-6,000)
EZ36D Outback 3.0 6.3 0W-30
5W-30
5W-40
10W-30
10W-40
12 000 km / 8 months

How to change the engine oil in Subaru Outback 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 Outback
    Bestseller No. 1
    AmazonBasics High Mileage Motor Oil, Full Synthetic, SN Plus, dexos1-Gen2, 5W-30, 5 Quart
    High-mileage full-synthetic motor oil (5W-30, 5 quart); offers higher level of protection for engines over 75,000 miles and longer drain intervals
    $24.99
    Bestseller No. 2
    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
    $16.97

2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 Subaru Outback oil capacity

Engine Oil capacity / Filter capacity (liters) Recommended oil type Oil change interval, km (miles)
EJ253 Outback 2.5 4.2 0W-30
5W-30
5W-40
10W-30
10W-40
5,000-10,000
(3,000-6,000)
EJ255 Outback 2.5 Turbo 4.0 (EJ25D, EJ25 2007+)
4.5 (2000-2007)
4.3 (WRX/STI 2000+)
0W-30
5W-30
5W-40
10W-30
10W-40
5,000-10,000
(3,000-6,000)
EZ 30 Outback 3.0 5.5 / 0.2 0W-30
5W-30
5W-40
10W-30
10W-40
5,000-10,000
(3,000-6,000)
EZ36D Outback 3.0 6.3 0W-30
5W-30
5W-40
10W-30
10W-40
12000 km / 8 months

How to do an oil change in Subaru Outback 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-mileage full-synthetic motor oil (5W-30, 5 quart); offers higher level of protection for engines over 75,000 miles and longer drain intervals
    $24.99
    Bestseller No. 2
    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
    $16.97

2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 Subaru Outback oil capacity

2019 subaru outback oil capacity

Engine Oil capacity / Filter capacity (liters) Recommended oil type Oil change interval, km (miles)
FA20DIT Outback 2.0T 5.1 / 0.2 5W-30
5W-40
15 000 km or 12 months
FB25 Outback 2.5i 4.8 / 0.2 0W-20
5W-20
5W-30
5W-40
15 000 km or 12 months
EZ36D Outback 3.6R 6.5 / 0.2 0W-30
5W-30
5W-40
10W-30
10W-40
15 000 km/ 12 months

How to change the engine oil in Subaru Outback 2014-2019

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 Outback
    Bestseller No. 1
    AmazonBasics High Mileage Motor Oil, Full Synthetic, SN Plus, dexos1-Gen2, 5W-30, 5 Quart
    High-mileage full-synthetic motor oil (5W-30, 5 quart); offers higher level of protection for engines over 75,000 miles and longer drain intervals
    $24.99
    Bestseller No. 2
    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
    $16.97

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. Have 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.

Can I Switch Brands of Oil Between Appointments?
Your car’s performance is essential. So, if you aren’t entirely sure if you’re using the correct engine oil or think a different type of oil is better for your vehicle, feel free to change the oil at any time.

However, it’s important to note that the oil you use must be the right viscosity grade and engine oil specifications for your automobile. To find out what type of oil your car needs, all you have to do is check your Owner’s Manual or consult one of our automotive professionals.

Plus, the knowledgeable technicians at our state-of-the-art facility may have suggestions on engine oil that will enhance the already-stalwart performance of your ride. That way, you can continue to soar down the highway inside a vehicle that’s capable of churning out impressive performance.

Last update on 2019-11-21 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

Thomas Buck

Thomas is our expert in the field of motor oils and lubricants. He worked for more than 15 years at the dealer service station and has vast practical experience, so he gladly agreed to be the editor and co-author of our articles about motors and motor oils.

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