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What oil filter does everyone use for their 3?? I'm trying to find Mobil 1 filters, but Pep Boys, Auto Zone, and Kragen don't have them by my house. Recommendations??
 

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I've always used Mazda OEM filters from the dealer; I can't remember where, but I've read in several places that they're excellent quality.
 

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OEM -- you can get them online from some of our sponsors for super cheap, and they're great quality. Also pick up the correct oil filter wrench if you haven't yet, it'll make removing the plastic filter housing a LOT easier.
 

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I have a Bosch Premium filter on right now, it was on sale. No problems with it.
 

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When we had our Protege, I would use Bosch or PureOne. I noticed the PureOne would make my car run sluggish but I mainly used that if I went to the wront parts store and was too lazy to drive to the correct one.

I would have used M1 (i use M1 Synth) and noticed the Bosch look exactly alike, and there was an online review that said they were basically the same. So at 50% the price, I mainly use Bosch.

No problems on any of my cars (Quest, Altima and previous PRotege)
 

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How do you find out the correct filter model? I have a 2013 Mazda 3 2.0 liter engine, and I don't see how to find it in the owners manual. The Pep Boys book lists a few different models, depending on a "VIN" number, such as "VIN 7," or VIN G," etc. What do those numbers mean? It's not the full Vehicle Identification Number, so it must be something else. Thanks.
 

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How do you find out the correct filter model? I have a 2013 Mazda 3 2.0 liter engine, and I don't see how to find it in the owners manual. The Pep Boys book lists a few different models, depending on a "VIN" number, such as "VIN 7," or VIN G," etc. What do those numbers mean? It's not the full Vehicle Identification Number, so it must be something else. Thanks.
They are usually referring to the 8th digit of the VIN number which indicates the vehicle's engine type. I have no idea why they don't supply this info when they ask for the engine VIN digit, I didn't learn this until I started working on cars professionally and they somehow expect consumers looking for a part to know this.
 

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you could cross reference the number on the filter currently fitted
or use that number to match year and engine
 
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