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Hi I have a new 2007 mazda3 5 door with around 4,000 mi.

When should I get my first oil change?

Also, should I go to a mazda dealership, or can I do it myself, bring it somewhere?
 

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It's really up to you and your preference. There are a ton of threads about this so it might help to use the search feature.

Some people change their factory oil early (500-1000 miles) but some prefer to leave it in for a normal OCI (oil change interval) of 5K/7500K (per warranty).

As far as who should do it, if you have an area to do it and you're knowledgeable enough to do so, do it yourself. There are tons of horror stories out there about bad oil changes b/c of dealerships or the quicky lube places. Think of it this way, if you do it yourself you know the quality of the work and the products used, and you get familiar with your engine/car, and best of all you might save some money along the way. So, if you can do it yourself, DEFINITELY go for it!
 

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OMG, he lives in Brownsburg and has a bears logo :loco:
We see where that got cha :dance2:
I did mine at 900 miles. A lot of metal particles and whatnot get into your oil in the first 500-1000 miles. I just feel more comfortable changing it early. Im sure alot of people changed it later. No biggie.
 

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I personally wouldn't have my oil changed there. However, I do BUY my oil there. Best oil prices in town.
 
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If you change your own oil, be careful of the cartridge oil filter....can't remember who, but someone on here cracked the housing and his engine fried when the last of his oil leaked out. If you have a friendly service department at your dealership, perhaps they could show you the correct way to do it.
 

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[quote author=GimmeA3s link=topic=68212.msg1211508#msg1211508 date=1171631638]
If you change your own oil, be careful of the cartridge oil filter....can't remember who, but someone on here cracked the housing and his engine fried when the last of his oil leaked out. If you have a friendly service department at your dealership, perhaps they could show you the correct way to do it.
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there have been just as many guys with screwed up filters from the dealership. Just find the oil change howto. Its easy.
 

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Go to Pep Boys (or Wal-Mart I think) and buy the "Rite-Fit A251" oil filter cap wrench for $4 and you won't have a single problem with the cartridge filter cap. Try it with a strap wrench or band wrench, and you'll stand a good chance of cracking the cap.

Have you ever changed your own oil and filter? If you have, just take your time, and the filter is no big deal at all. A lot of people here make the cartridge filter seem like brain surgery, but I assure you, it's not.


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Just goto the dealer..If there is any issues they will fix it there. Its nice to not have to deal with proper oil discarding procedures and you really dont save that much money doing it yourself. Time IS money, Let the dealer do it and go on with your day.
 

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[quote author=alecshawn link=topic=68212.msg1229215#msg1229215 date=1172331530]
Just goto the dealer..If there is any issues they will fix it there. Its nice to not have to deal with proper oil discarding procedures and you really dont save that much money doing it yourself. Time IS money, Let the dealer do it and go on with your day.
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If you buy conventional oil that's on sale ($1 per quart), and buy your Wix filters from http://www.filter1.com/ for $3.14, you can change your own oil for under $9.

I have a real hard time believing that you can have somebody change it for you for anywhere even close to $9. So I guess this proves that doing you own PM is well worth it unless you like throwing away your money................Right alecshawn? :?


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I agree. My filter costs $3.14, my oil (Motorcraft) costs 9.99 for five quarts at Wal-Mart, and I just drop off my used oil at AutoZone whenever I happen to drive by. It takes about a half hour to 45 minutes, pretty much how long I would have to wait at most oil change places (it's busy around here) that would charge me over $30.

By doing it myself, I know it's done right, and I spend 1/3 the money I would at an oil change place or at the dealer.
 

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[quote author=mickberna link=topic=68212.msg1229396#msg1229396 date=1172337940]
By doing it myself, I know it's done right, and I spend 1/3 the money I would at an oil change place or at the dealer.
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+1

Plus, I get satisfaction from doing my own maintenance (oil changes and other stuff).
 

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[quote author=D Bone link=topic=68212.msg1229275#msg1229275 date=1172333660]
[quote author=alecshawn link=topic=68212.msg1229215#msg1229215 date=1172331530]
Just goto the dealer..If there is any issues they will fix it there. Its nice to not have to deal with proper oil discarding procedures and you really dont save that much money doing it yourself. Time IS money, Let the dealer do it and go on with your day.
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If you buy conventional oil that's on sale ($1 per quart), and buy your Wix filters from http://www.filter1.com/ for $3.14, you can change your own oil for under $9.

I have a real hard time believing that you can have somebody change it for you for anywhere even close to $9. So I guess this proves that doing you own PM is well worth it unless you like throwing away your money................Right alecshawn? :?


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Wrong!!! Filter, YES around 3.14 Oil, Kendall or Castrol around 2.33 per quart. 2.33x5=11.65 = 3.14=14.79 add tax...16.00 Now ny dealer does it for 23.00. Thats 7.00 more.However, 7.00 is nothing considering i dont have to do anything. I could understand if a dealer charged 40.00 or something BUT for 23.00 and an occasional service coupon you cant beat that....And TIME saved.
 

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Maybe you're shopping the wrong stores. Wal-Mart has TropArtic oil (same as Motorcraft syn blend) for $1.68 everyday.
$1.68 x 5 = $8.14 + $3.14 = $11.54

Either way, there are too many horror stories about dealership oil changes. I can do an oil change much quicker than driving to a dealership and waiting on them to do it. And once again, I know the quality of the work which a lot of times is better than what any dealership shop would do.
 

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[quote author=alecshawn link=topic=68212.msg1229718#msg1229718 date=1172348900]
I could understand if a dealer charged 40.00 or something BUT for 23.00 and an occasional service coupon you cant beat that....And TIME saved.
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It takes me 20 minutes to drive to my nearest dealer. That's at least 40 minutes wasted, not to mention the time waiting around for the work to be done.

By comparison, it takes me a minute to grab my tools and walk to my car, and another minute to put it on ramps.

Don't tell other people they're Wrong!!! just because you prefer to be lazy.
 

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No shit. Drop you're fucking attitude because you think everybody here is crazy. Practically every thread you post in you create some sort of controversy because your attitude comes across like you're accusing everyone else for being stupid because they want to take care of their cars a certain way. If you want to post your .02 do it in a fashion that isn't ridiculing others and making yourself look like you are the know-all of everything.

By the way, if you don't like the people here on this board, like you said in another thread, get lost! I'm sure we could handle ourselves just fine without you're attitude.
 

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[quote author=mshu7 link=topic=68212.msg1229782#msg1229782 date=1172351250]
No shit. Drop you're fucking attitude because you think everybody here is crazy. Practically every thread you post in you create some sort of controversy because your attitude comes across like you're accusing everyone else for being stupid because they want to take care of their cars a certain way. If you want to post your .02 do it in a fashion that isn't ridiculing others and making yourself look like you are the know-all of everything.

By the way, if you don't like the people here on this board, like you said in another thread, get lost! I'm sure we could handle ourselves just fine without you're attitude.
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Boy you have CLASS huh..? I have my opinions and you have yours. I think we know who has the attitude. So, In your opinion i can have my opinions ONLY if i state them in a way that YOU approve of!! Nice try but we dont live in a socialist or communist nation. And we certainly dont adhere to YOUR conditions of how we state our feelings. Try to show some class..You are acting like a child. The is NOTHING wrong with letting a dealer do an oil change. Now grow up and be a man. Also, Since when is going to a dealer to do an oil change being lazy??
 

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alecshawn here's the deal:

This section of the forum is frequented by people who enjoy washing, waxing, maintaining and servicing their cars. We like to talk about the best wax, the best oil and filter ect... It's also frequented by people who want to learn how to maintain or service their cars, or need an opinion on a problem they're having.

We try to give them our opinions on what, how and why to do a particular job. We don't always agree with each other on the advice that we each give, but we usually disagree with a large amount of respect for the other persons opinion.

In almost every single one of your posts, you will say something like "People that wax more then twice a year need to get a life" or "There's more important things to do then change your own oil, like family, work and friends" When you say something like that, it's implied that we "don't have a life" or that we "don't have/care about our family, work and friends", and that we're idiots to care for our cars so much.

If you were to say something like: "I for one don't have the time to change my own oil, so I go to my dealer and I'm very happy with the results. They charge a fair price and I can even get some work done on my laptop while I'm waiting. I do have the know how to do my own PM, but I prefer not to." We would not be offended at all, and you wouldn't be given a hard time for your opinion.

It's not your opinion that gets people pissed off, it's how you say it, and the lack of respect shown to those of us who do like to work on our cars, and still find time for our family, work and friends.

If you keep coming at us with a "you vs us" mentality, you're only going to hurt your own credibility on this forum. This was not meant to start a fight between us, but rather give you a heads up, and an example of how you come off to a lot of us.



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[quote author=D Bone link=topic=68212.msg1229909#msg1229909 date=1172357933]
alecshawn here's the deal:

This section of the forum is frequented by people who enjoy washing, waxing, maintaining and servicing their cars. We like to talk about the best wax, the best oil and filter ect... It's also frequented by people who want to learn how to maintain or service their cars, or need an opinion on a problem they're having.

We try to give them our opinions on what, how and why to do a particular job. We don't always agree with each other on the advice that we each give, but we usually disagree with a large amount of respect for the other persons opinion.

In almost every single one of your posts, you will say something like "People that wax more then twice a year need to get a life" or "There's more important things to do then change your own oil, like family, work and friends" When you say something like that, it's implied that we "don't have a life" or that we "don't have/care about our family, work and friends", and that we're idiots to care for our cars so much.

If you were to say something like: "I for one don't have the time to change my own oil, so I go to my dealer and I'm very happy with the results. They charge a fair price and I can even get some work done on my laptop while I'm waiting. I do have the know how to do my own PM, but I prefer not to." We would not be offended at all, and you wouldn't be given a hard time for your opinion.

It's not your opinion that gets people pissed off, it's how you say it, and the lack of respect shown to those of us who do like to work on our cars, and still find time for our family, work and friends.

If you keep coming at us with a "you vs us" mentality, you're only going to hurt your own credibility on this forum. This was not meant to start a fight between us, but rather give you a heads up, and an example of how you come off to a lot of us.



Darryl

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Again, I understand what your sayin. However, If people have to have things stated in a certain way then thats NOT my problem. This forum isnt "Oprah ized" We shouldnt have to worry about "the way we say things" The VAST majority of us are grown men. I would think we could take honest opinions and "opposing" views. I too enjoy taking care of my car. I just do it more "to the norm". Not exessive or a "hobby". That is not "neglect" or "minimalism". It is good common sense service and apperance upkeep. It seems that if one has different views than the majority here that there is a problem with that...Well, poppycock. If someone cant take opposing views then they need some form of "help". I welcome ANY criticism of my views, Just understand i also have mine.If you dont like it dont respond to my posts.
 
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