Just got a 2012 Subaru Outback with the 2.5i engine, supposed to take 5W-30 either dino or synthetic but once synthetic is in there Subaru says I need to keep it that way. Manual says the break in period is 1000 miles and first oil change is at 3000 miles. My first question is do you think I should change oil after the 1000 mile break in period or just leave it 3000 miles like the manual says? When I got my Corolla back in '05 I went through a whole break in oil change routine, changing it three times in the first 3000 miles. I know that was probably excessive but hey oil isn't expensive for a couple extra changes. That said, someone here may know if Subaru tends to put something special in their oil for the break in period. Second question is what oil do you guys think I should use? I probably won't go synthetic for the first couple oil changes at least so dino is what I am looking for. Car isn't driven hard, I would call the use moderate. While the manual recommends 7,500 mile OCI I will probably go with 5,000 using dino. Currently my other two vehicles are over 100k miles so I use Valvoline Maxlife in them and don't have complaints. I don't want to use a high mileage oil on this until it's got 75-100k on it. Also, I'm not partial to a specific oil brand. Back in 2004-05 I was on here a lot and there were a couple brands of conventional oil most really seemed to like. That being 7 years ago things may have changed so here I am again. Thanks for the help and let me know if you need more info.