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Old 02-21-2016, 11:59 AM   #1
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Default First time subaru owner....Would like some advice.

Hey everyone, Im Adam. Bought a used 2012 Legacy GT a few days ago. Always had VW's as cars and F-150s as trucks. I must say, in the 100ish miles I have driven in the Legacy, I am quite impressed. Thought I would hate the MPG gauge but seeing it def keeps my foot out of it. Looking on feedback about a few things....

1) In regard to the air filter, going with a K&N (or similar) or buying OEM from dealer?

2) I really dont like how a lot of info is not available to me from the car. I would really like to know the volts, water temp, boost. Wouldnt mind knowing oil pressure & oil temp also. I really dont want to add gauges like autometer or like to the car if I can help it. Would really like to keep it stock. Does anyone have an Edge Insight or similar OBD2 scan gauge? If so, does it pick up the info I would like from the car or no go?

3) After some research I think I am going to stick with the blue subaru oil filters. I normally run Mobil1 full syn 5w-30 in the F150 and see the subaru takes the same. Should I buy the subaru 5w-30 full syn from dealer or ok using the Mobil1. I DO NOT plan on beating the car what so ever if that helps.

Thanks for the help!

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Old 02-22-2016, 03:40 PM   #2
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No need for a K&N filter, it's been proven that there is no power gain over OEM filter. Only when you reach 300whp +.

Mobile 1 is not the best choice for these cars, Blackstone labs have determine that Shell Rotella T6 is the best oil to use. Mobile 1 has a lower zinc content which these motors require more of, and we have seen more turbo damages due to it.
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Old 02-26-2016, 11:06 AM   #3
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Thanks for the info! I picked up an OEM air filter today. I was very torn between the subaru 5w30 full syn vs the t6. I ended up picking up the t6 since, as you stated, seems to be whats best for the engine via the oil samples.
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Old 03-06-2016, 11:34 PM   #4
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T6 is getting popular here either, you can't go wrong with them.
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Old 01-06-2021, 06:28 AM   #5
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If you plan to mod, pick a street or off-road route first. That will help focus on your mods.

Exhaust is nice but the CVT makes it a little harder to enjoy. After a year of ownership I would prefer having stock because the high revving nature of the CVT makes it a little ricey.

LED "Fangs" give them a lot of character.

LED Fogs are available too.

LED turn signals front and back help modernize the look a lot.

Mud flaps are a neat look.

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