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New Subaru Frequently Asked Questions

New Subaru Break-in Driving ( for the first 1,000 miles).  The performance and long life of your vehicle are dependent on how you handle and care for your vehicle while it is new. Follow these instructions during the first 1,000 miles (1,600km):

  • Do not race the engine. And do not allow engine speed to exceed 4,000 rpm except in an emergency.
  • Do not drive at one constant engine or vehicle speed for a long time, either fast or slow.
  • Avoid starting suddenly and rapid acceleration, except in an emergency.
  • Avoid hard braking, except in an emergency.
  • The same break-in procedures should be applied to an overhauled engine, newly mounted engine or when brake pads or brake linings are replaced with new ones.

The following suggestions will help to save fuel:

  • Select the proper gear position for the speed and road conditions.
  • Avoid sudden accelerations or deceleration. Always accelerate gently until you reach the desired speed. Then try to maintain that speed for as long as possible.
  • Do not pump the accelerator and avoid racing the engine.
  • Avoid unnecessary engine idling.
  • Keep the engine properly tuned.
  • Keep the tires inflated to the correct pressure shown on the tire placard, which is located under the door latch on the driver's side.  Low pressure will increase tire wear and fuel consumption.
  • Use the air conditioner only when necessary.
  • Keep the front and rear wheels in proper alignment.
  • Avoid carrying unnecessary luggage or cargo.

For more on Improving Your Fuel Economy check out these tips from our Subaru Service Department.

1. Always maintain a safe driving speed according to the road and weather conditions in order to avoid having an accident on a sharp turn, during sudden braking or under other similar conditions.

2. Always use the utmost care in driving--overconfidence because you are driving an AWD Subaru vehicle could lead to a serious accident.

3. When replacing a tire, you must use a tire that is the same size, circumference, construction, brand (tread pattern), speed symbol, and load index as the original tires listed on the tire placard. Using tires of other sizes, circumferences, or constructions may result in severe mechanical damage to the drive train of your vehicle and may affect ride, handling, braking, speedometer/odometer calibration, and clearance between the body and tires. It also may be dangerous and lead to loss of vehicle control. 

4. You must install four tires that are the same size, circumference, construction, manufacturer, brand (tread pattern), degree of wear, speed symbol and load index.  Mixing tires of other sizes, circumferences, or construction may result in severe mechanical damage to the drive train of your vehicle and may affect ride, handling, braking, and speedometer/odometer calibration. It also may be dangerous and lead to loss of vehicle control.

WARNING!  Always maintain a safe driving speed according to the road and weather conditions in order to avoid having an accident on a sharp turn, during sudden braking, or under other similar conditions.

Always use the utmost care in driving--overconfidence because you are driving an All Wheel Drive Vehicle could easily lead to a serious accident.

Subaru Models Except XV Crosstrek:

Your AWD vehicle is neither a conventional off road vehicle, nor an all terrain vehicle. It is a passenger car designed primarily for on-road use. The AWD feature gives it some limited off-road capabilities in situations in which the driving surface is relatively level, obstruction-free, and otherwise similar to on-road driving conditions. Operating it under other than those conditions could subject the vehicle to excessive stress which might result in damage NOT ELIGIBLE FOR REPAIR UNDER WARRANTY.

If you do take your Subaru off road, you should review the common sense precautions in the next section (applicable to the XV Crosstrek Models) for general guidance. But please keep in mind that your vehicle's off road capabilities are more limited than those of the XV Crosstrek Models.

NEVER attempt to drive through pools and puddles, or roads flooded with water. Water entering the engine air intake or the exhaust pipe or water splashing onto electrical parts may damage your vehicle and may cause it to stall.

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