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Cause I don't trust anyone but myself to do the oil, certianly I wouldn't trust Wal-Mart.

If I can get Costco to carry Mobil1 0w20 that will drop the price of the oil a lot (probably $1.50 a quart) plus from now on I plan on replacing the O-Rings only every other time.

Does Wal-Mart use Mobil1 or do they use a fake synthetic like Syntec, Synpower?


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no, they use mobil

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Now I remember another thread mentioning there were two different types of filters on the 3's. They had started originally with a cartridge and then switched to the screw on. Does this sound familiar to anyone? I will try to find the thread. Anyway, does this change apply to the cartridge or the newer screw on? Thanx.

Edit: Found the other thread...
http://mazda3forums.com/viewtopic.ph...ight=cartridge
nm, seems to be a cartridge.

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This applies to the cartridge type.


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Good job... The cartridge filter type looks similar to the one that was on my VW VR6. I used to take it to the local Valvoline place and they never had any trouble. Of course, I suspect there are more VR6's out there than 2.3 M3's right now.

One thing I noticed, or maybe it's just early, but ain't the picture in step 7 (the drain plug close up) upside down?


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I have a january build 3, and my filter looks to be a cartridge style filter. As far as looking without taking off the cowling. Maybe the ones on the boat now have screw on types.

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One thing I noticed, or maybe it's just early, but ain't the picture in step 7 (the drain plug close up) upside down?
Well I was lying on my back under the car trying to get a good view of the train plug, not sure what constitutes "upside down" from that postition. :-)

Mostly I wanted to clearly illustrate for everyone what the drain plug looks like.


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I don't want to sound strange or not car-techy, but it costs me $21 to have the oil changed at the dealer. I use to do the change on my old car all the time, but buying the oil, filter, ring...seems like $21 is cheaper?


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The dealer isn't using Mobil1


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ah guys? I don't wanna sound mean... but if you need pictures to find the drain pan maybe you should take the car to the dealer for oil changes?

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