@Gordon Nichols posted:
A friend of ours has a Subaru Outback with the flat 6-cylinder engine. It has always burned about a quart of oil every 400 or so miles (about a tank of gas) no matter how you drive it. It was that way when new and has never varied from that rate, which our friend says that Subaru says is "within the normal range". She's lived with and gotten used to it, just adding a quart or so every fill-up. She now has well over 100K on it and says it's the best car she's ever had so I guess the oil consumption is just a minor inconvenience for her.
That sounds like Ron Mullis' car. The brand new factory short block has been that way from day one. I wonder if the ring gaps are aligned on those cars with that particular problem?