No crime was committed, lets take it easy on the owner of the car. It always amazes me on this forum how so many people make excuses for speeders and people who drink and drive, but someone who is reaching out here for help with a serious problem gets jumped on.
Thankyou @VDCdriver for the nice, educational response. I agree with you 100% on this.
Lets be honest, not many people check their oil every week, or every month, or ever. I have been guilty of this and I am sure many others here are as well. I work with a guy who has a 270k mile honda civic and has rarely pulls the dipstick. It uses no measurable amount of oil between changes so its never been an issue. But it could be. But its not. yet.
Most of the time not checking your oil it is not an issue, sometimes it is. If the car owner would have checked the oil every week the problem would have been caught in time most likely, I am not arguing that. You should check your oil, I check the oil in my work truck every day as part of my pre trip inspection, I should do the same in my car but I don’t.
Subaru06 might be the best driver on the road out there and since they bring the car in for service regularly I doubt that they are driving around on bald tires, bad brakes, and a tie rod end ready to fall off, the owner doesn’t sound like one to grossly neglect the car, neglect to check the oil frequently enough? Yes. But I doubt the car was dangerous to drive due to braking or tire issues. To say they should not be driving is crazy.
I honestly have not checked the oil in my car since july, I am guilty. Granted it has never used a drop of oil in the past, but I am still guilty as well, my cars engine might be 3 quarts low right now and I have no idea. Now if my car had a history of using oil I would check it frequently, and I should check it frequently now, but Im guilty of not doing so.
Did the dealer state if the oil leaked out or the engine burned it? Surely if it leaked out you would have seen it because that would have been a big oil puddle in your normal parking spot.
Let us know what happens, please don’t be too put off by some of comments here, some of us here get jumpy and shoot from the hip (including me) at times.
I am going out right now to check my engine oil since I have also neglected to do so recently. I admit it!
I have a saying, “money wasted, tears tasted”
Story of my life! Lol…
We all make mistakes, we all neglect something, You didn’t bother anybody, you may be looking at an expensive engine or another car, but you sure as hell didn’t hurt anybody but your checkbook, but that’s life.