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Old 06-23-2009, 01:02 PM   #1
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Is it me, or is the dipstick for the 07 3 the absolute worst to check the oil level? It's impossible to get an idea of whether it's at the full mark or not.
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Old 06-23-2009, 01:43 PM   #2
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It sucks. :x
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Old 06-23-2009, 01:53 PM   #3
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Yeah they're all pretty awful. I don't even rely on it after changing my oil, because its useless, I just make sure I put the right amount in.
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Old 06-23-2009, 03:02 PM   #4
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The ones used in 04-05 were amazing, I have no idea why they switched to those harder to read ones.
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Old 06-23-2009, 03:12 PM   #5
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[quote author=cali_axela link=topic=148664.msg3193451#msg3193451 date=1245783765]
The ones used in 04-05 were amazing, I have no idea why they switched to those harder to read ones.
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Thats right. We had a picture comparison.

For some reason Mazda decided to use change them out on 06+ models.
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Old 06-23-2009, 03:17 PM   #6
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I don't have many complaints with this car other than the oil filter and dipstick.

I made the hole larger so I will be able to access the oil filter w/o removing the splash guard. What a PITA.

I picked up a 74mm-77mm oil filter remover and it still slips so I'm going to have to order the one from Mazda I think. I was thinking of leaving the filter on for another 12,000 miles, which is when I'll be changing the oil next. Mobil 1 5w20.
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Old 06-23-2009, 03:52 PM   #7
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[quote author=danielj link=topic=148664.msg3193477#msg3193477 date=1245784363]
[quote author=cali_axela link=topic=148664.msg3193451#msg3193451 date=1245783765]
The ones used in 04-05 were amazing, I have no idea why they switched to those harder to read ones.
[/quote]

Thats right. We had a picture comparison.

For some reason Mazda decided to use change them out on 06+ models.
[/quote]

Yeah, I actually searched for that thread for awhile to link it here, but can't find it. Here are the pictures I took for it though, from the first-rev dipstick in my 05...

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After dipping (oil ~1/2 qt low):
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Old 06-23-2009, 03:54 PM   #8
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Ugh. I wonder if you can swap them. Mine is so worthless.
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Old 06-23-2009, 03:56 PM   #9
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what does the new one look like?

ive never had a problem reading it, but i have an '04
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Old 06-23-2009, 04:36 PM   #10
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I no longer have the pic of mine. It does not have the hash marks or the min/max indicator.
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