Scheduled Service Intervals

Scheduled Service Intervals

When to have your Subaru serviced?

Everyone's driving habits are different and therefore so are the service requirements for your vehicle. You should be servicing your vehicle based either on time or distance, whichever occurs first.

Time Vs. Distance

If you don't do a lot of kilometres you should have your Subaru serviced according to the recommended time-based service intervals. So even though you haven't travelled great distances, the engine has been working hard during those short, stop-start trips, such as city driving. Without going into too much technical detail, the engine doesn't get up to optimal operating temperature for any real period of time therefore it's not burning off the by-products of combustion. This may lead to a reduction in the oil's efficiency to lubricate, which, in turn can lead to premature engine wear and possible engine failure.

However, if you drive your Subaru more regularly and over longer distances you will reach the kilometre interval first. In this case you should service your vehicle based on the recommended distance travelled.

Either way, the important thing to remember is to service your car whichever interval occurs first – time or distance.

Why is regular servicing important?

Keeping to a car service schedule is more than just changing the oil and the odd air filter. 

Irregular servicing can also lead to reduced fuel efficiency and increased air pollution, potentially damaging the retained value of your vehicle.

Keeping to the recommended Subaru service schedule also helps to preserve and maintain the Performance, Safety and Retained Value of your vehicle. During scheduled services Subaru technicians perform inspections of your brake system, tyres, driveline and steering components, all vitally important for your safety.

Failing to regularly service your Subaru could endanger your vehicle warranty. Failure to properly maintain your Subaru may result in your vehicle developing faults which will not be covered under the New Vehicle Warranty.   

Service Intervals

Below is the recommended schedule intervals for all current generation Subaru vehicles. Our service intervals are designed to ensure your vehicle continues to operate within specifications for Australian conditions. 

Vehicle
(MY2013 onwards)

Standard Maintenance> Schedule - Normal Driving Conditions
(Months or Kms - whichever occurs first)

Additional Maintenance>> Schedule - Above Normal Driving Conditions
(Months or Kms - whichever occurs first)

Liberty, Outback & Tribeca 6 - cylinder engine ONLY - Lubrication Service Required 3-Months or 5,000Kms N/A
Forester, Impreza, Liberty, Outback, Tribeca, WRX & WRX STI, XV 6-Months or 12,500Kms 3-Months or 6,250Kms
BRZ 9-Months or 15,000Kms 4.5-Months or 7,500Kms

For full details of your warranty and service requirements associated with your Subaru please refer to the Warranty and Service Handbook that came with your vehicle.

If you require scheduled service intervals for previous generation Subaru vehicles, please refer to the Warranty & Service Handbook or contact your authorised Subaru Service Centre.

Standard Maintenance Schedule>

If you're mostly driving your Subaru on sealed roads in moderate conditions, then you'll need to service it as per the standard maintenance schedule intervals for normal driving conditions, either according to time or kilometres travelled.

Additional Maintenance Schedule>>

If you constantly undergo severe driving conditions or drive in harsh environments, then your vehicle will require additional maintenance.

These conditions could include (but are not limited to) any or all of the following:

  • Operating in extremely hot or cold weather
  • Living in coastal areas
  • Towing a trailer
  • Repeated short trips
  • Driving on dusty roads
  • Driving on rough, muddy or snow-melted roads
  • Mountainous area living
  • Extensive idling and/or low speed driving for long distances
  • Continuous high speed driving (at speeds greater than 140 km/h) for over 2 hours
  • Under high performance conditions (e.g. track days)

If you're in doubt as to the best servicing schedule for your vehicle, talk to your Subaru Service Advisor.

Additives Recommended by Subaru Australia when Servicing Your Subaru

Subaru Australia does not recommend the use of chemical additives, which are not specifically required or recommended by Subaru Australia or Fuji Heavy Industries as necessary for the servicing of Subaru vehicles. Customers should also be aware that the use of non-recommended chemical additives could cause damage that may not be covered by the Manufacturer's warranty.

The recommended replacement specification of oils, lubricants, fuel, coolants and other chemical additives are listed in the workshop manuals, service information, owner's manual and owner's manual supplement for Australia ("Service Documents").

Read more about Genuine Subaru Service, service intervals and service retails in our car service section.