Oil Changes for 2003 Subaru Forester

2003 Subaru Forester Maintenance Schedule

What is the manufacturer-recommended maintenance schedule for a 2003 Subaru Forester? Find maintenance info for your vehicle.

How Often to Get 2003 Subaru Forester Oil Changes

Not sure how or where to get your Subaru Forester’s oil changed? Turn to Firestone Complete Auto Care! We are experts in car care — not just tires. Oil and lube services are also our specialties. After all, "Oil is the blood of the engine. It's the #1 thing you can do for your car," says our maintenance technician, Brianna.

Subaru recommends having your 2003 Subaru Forester’s motor oil changed at regular intervals. Check out mileage and month info for your Forester in the above table. Outside of Subaru-recommended oil change intervals, your Forester may need an oil change if your check engine light is on, you hear knock knock knock coming from the engine, smell oil inside the car, or notice excess vehicle exhaust. You may also need an oil change more frequently than Subaru recommends if you haul heavy loads, drive in dusty areas, go off-roading a lot, or drive at low speeds for long distances. More frequent oil changes generally won't harm your Subaru Forester. In fact, every oil change is an opportunity to diagnose and treat any other issues, such as bad brakes or a failing battery.

What Type of Oil Does My Subaru Forester Need?

Whether it’s synthetic, conventional, or a blend of both — your local Firestone Complete Auto Care has the right oil for your Subaru Forester. Subaru has most likely outlined either synthetic or conventional as the best motor oil for your 2003 Forester. Motor oil reduces friction between engine components, regulate engine temperature, and prevent the build-up of harmful substances within the engine. In an oil change service, one of our techs will change your Forester’s oil, replace and recycle your used oil and oil filter, check all of your other filters, refill vital car fluids, and perform a courtesy inspection on your entire vehicle. You can drive easy knowing that we strive to do what's best for your vehicle and take into account your driving habits, weather and road conditions,

Types of Motor Oil for Subarus

Wondering what motor oil brands you can find at Firestone Complete Auto Care? We carry the best because your Forester deserves the best. Consult Subaru's recommendations to select the right  2003 Forester oil and talk with a teammate to learn more about our oil options: Quaker State® Advanced Durability™ conventional oil, Pennzoil® High Mileage Vehicle® motor oil, Pennzoil Platinum® Full Synthetic motor oil with PurePlus™ Technology, and Shell Rotella® heavy-duty engine oil. There's a reason we carry these motor oil brands. They are tested and trusted. For example, Quaker State was shown to provide 2x more protection than the industry standard when tested in taxi fleets across the country. [1] There's also Pennzoil. Unlike traditional synthetic motor oils, the Pennzoil Platinum® Full Synthetic line of motor oils with PurePlus® Technology is formulated from pure natural gas, which helps lead to better performance. But don't forget about Shell Rotella for heavy-duty engines. It's specifically designed for diesel and gasoline engines that need to survive the toughest working conditions, and is uniquely strengthened to deliver improved oxidation resistance, heightened performance in extreme temperatures, and increased wear protection. For help selecting the right motor oil for your 2003 Subaru Forester, defer to Subaru's recommendations.

Where to Get an Oil Change for Subaru Forester

When it's time for a 2003 Subaru Forester oil change, you know where to turn. Your local Firestone Complete Auto Care carries some of the most reliable engine oils for Subaru vehicles. We’ve got convenient appointment times to take care of you, with the right oil at the right price. To find out how much a 2003 Forester oil change costs, call ahead. Get professional engine care by making an oil change appointment for your Forester today. Many stores are open late and on weekends for your convenience.

[1] ILSAC GF-5 represents the latest performance standard set by the International Lubricant Standardization and Approval Committee (ILSAC), a joint effort of U.S. and Japanese automobile manufacturers. Most automobile manufacturers are expected to recommend oils that meet ILSAC GF-5. API SN is the most recent service category issued by API’s Lubricants Group. Oils meeting API SN and the new “Resource Conserving” designation meet all ILSAC GF-5 performance requirements.

2003 Subaru Forester Oil Change Questions

  • Should I check my Subaru Forester motor oil level? Motor oil lubricates important engine parts. If your oil reservoir is low or empty, these parts can grind together, overheat, and eventually lead to Subaru Forester engine failure. That’s why it’s best to check your oil levels and get your oil changed regularly.
  • Can I change my Subaru Forester oil at home? Changing engine oil at home isn’t as simple as it’s made out to be. You’ll have to figure out how to properly dispose of the oil and buy special tools. Getting a professional oil change reduces the risk of something going wrong during the service, but also help your car perform down the road.
  • Why is my Subaru Forester spewing blue or gray exhaust smoke? There could be an oil leak and your engine is burning oil. Time to have a qualified technician check things out. A leak can be caused by a variety of issues including faulty valve seals, fried piston rings, or worn cylinder walls.

Get an Oil Change for Your Subaru Forester

Help your 2003 Forester engine last longer with regular oil changes and lube service. Schedule an appointment now!