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Subaru of America is targeted by a potential class action suit because owners complain they were forced to pricey repairs after their cars consumed too much oil and too fast.

The new lawsuit has been brought by Keith Yaeger, from California, the owner of a 2014 Forester, and by Michael Schuler, a Florida resident who had a 2013 Outback. They now seek to expand their complaint into a class-action suit. The cars “prematurely burn off and/or consume abnormal and excessive amounts of engine oil,” claims the lawsuit, adding that Subaru is not willing to fix the issue.

“While we believe the oil consumption of our vehicles to be within acceptable levels, we continually work to reduce the amount of consumable goods, such as oil, that our vehicles require to operate,” said company spokesman Michael McHale to USA Today. “We have also worked with customers on this issue.”

According to the plaintiffs, the company did warn its dealers back in September and December 2013, through four “technical service bulletins”, alerting them of the complaints about the oil burn. The class-suit, if expanded, would comprise all customers who bought 2011-2014 Foresters, the 2013 Legacy and 2013 Outback – all equipped with 2.5-liter “Boxer” engines; as well as 2.0-liter “Boxer” engined 2012-2013 Impreza and 2013 Crosstrek.