Scheduled Service Intervals

Your Subaru has an optimum service interval that depends as much on time and driving conditions as it does on distance. If you're mostly driving your Subaru on sealed roads in moderate conditions, then you'll need to service it as per the standard service schedule intervals, either according to time or kilometres travelled.

When should you service your Subaru?

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. For example, 3 months or 5000km. 

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.

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.

Why is regular servicing important?

Keeping to a 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.

A regular schedule also helps to preserve and maintain the performance, safety and retained value of your Subaru. 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. 

Subaru Model Model Year Initial Lubrication Service  Maintenance
Additional Maintenance*
Liberty MY2013 onwards 6 Cylinder Engines only:
3 Months or 5,000 Kms
(whichever occurs first)
6 Months or 12,500 Kms
(whichever occurs first)
Not Applicable
Outback MY2013 onwards
Levorg MY2013 onwards Not Applicable
WRX  MY2013 onwards
WRX STI MY2013 onwards
BRZ MY2013 onwards 9 Months or 15,000 Kms
(whichever occurs first)
Interim 4.5 Months or 7,500Kms (whichever occurs first) and in between each scheduled service
Impreza MY2017 onwards 12 Months or 12,500 Kms
(whichever occurs first)
Not Applicable
XV MY2018 onwards
Forester MY2019 onwards

* For Above Normal Driving Conditions. For more information, please refer to your Warranty and Service Handbook.  

When extra servicing is needed

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, contact Murray Bridge Subaru.

Additives recommended by Subaru Australia

Subaru Australia does not recommend the use of chemical additives, which are not specifically required or recommended by Subaru Australia or Subaru Corporation (previously Fuji Heavy Industries) as necessary for the servicing of Subaru vehicles. You 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.