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What type of transmission oil is used in my 2010 mazda3 automatic tranny. brands if possible.
These transmissions require M-V fluid (not to be confused with Mercon V). Idemitsu Type M is specifically formulated for and meets meets this spec although for the price, getting the OE fluid directly from the dealer might be cheaper. If you have a Carquest or Advance nearby then their "FRAM Global Multi-Vehicle" fluid claims to be suitable for that spec. Castrol's Transmax ATF/CVT Universal and Transmax Import Multi-Vehicle fluids also says that it's suitable.
 

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A wise shopper would think it out!
Consider the country some members live when responding with blanket statements.
There are not Mazda dealership in virtually every city like here is the USA.
Not all area Mazda dealership have the same price point. It all depends on what quantity level the MAZDA dealership buys what they will offer the over-the-counter price.
There are more independent parts stores that will often have sales on a fluid line that is generally less than any dealership can offer.
 

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A wise shopper would think it out!
Consider the country some members live when responding with blanket statements.
There are not Mazda dealership in virtually every city like here is the USA.
Not all area Mazda dealership have the same price point. It all depends on what quantity level the MAZDA dealership buys what they will offer the over-the-counter price.
There are more independent parts stores that will often have sales on a fluid line that is generally less than any dealership can offer.
Right below every poster's username is the flag of the country they are posting from. OPs indicates that they are in Canada. Plenty of physical Mazda dealers there as well as online ones. Also, it's impossible for multi-vehicle fluid to be exactly the same as an OE fluid, all of those fluids have differing viscosities and additives. If you actually read the bottle, they typically say that it's "suitable" for an application, NOT that it meets "meets OE spec". That's why I usually recommend going with fluids intended specifically for one spec, like the OE fluids from the dealer, if you can. A multi-vehicle fluid would be a lower recommendation if you can't get anything better. At the shop I work for, we have that FRAM Global Multi-Vehicle fluid in stock but we also stock several different spec specific Idemitsu fluids. We only resort to the multi-vehicle fluid when we are out of the Idemitsu fluid for that specific application.
 

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Right below every poster's username is the flag of the country they are posting from. OPs indicates that they are in Canada. Plenty of physical Mazda dealers there as well as online ones. Also, it's impossible for multi-vehicle fluid to be exactly the same as an OE fluid, all of those fluids have differing viscosities and additives.
Thanks for the lecture:rolleyes:

Because we have members from all over the globe reading them, I tend to respond on some threads universally so many can benefit by the information. Otherwise, might as well just PM the OP!

In our shop.....among many things build custom racing automatic transmissions and transmission parts as well do work on OEM transmission like the Mazda transmissions. Every part for a consideration of upgraded parts in many transmissions including the newest Mazda Skyactiv engine supplied automatics has been gone over by not only me but other engineers and have determined there are no unusual parts or materials that Mazda uses therefore most all none OEM fluid will work just fine if applicated in their product information selection and also will and does support the Mazda warranty.

My recommendation is based on extensive use and testing Data logging which include Dyno results and temperature values comparing the transmission and engine under different driving condition both normal street and also track all this is not off the cuff guessing.

You may want to learn a little more about automatic transmission and the choice of fluid viscosity? It not as simple as it is for motor oil and does require knowing at least a little internal operating temperatures value. This is not in any "hand-book" how- to or mechanics training information either.

I am not really going to debate any of this with you so I just will say please try to do a little more fact-finding research.

Thank you for entertaining response to mine
 

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Thanks for the lecture:rolleyes:

Because we have members from all over the globe reading them, I tend to respond on some threads universally so many can benefit by the information. Otherwise, might as well just PM the OP!

In our shop.....among many things build custom racing automatic transmissions and transmission parts as well do work on OEM transmission like the Mazda transmissions. Every part for a consideration of upgraded parts in many transmissions including the newest Mazda Skyactiv engine supplied automatics has been gone over by not only me but other engineers and have determined there are no unusual parts or materials that Mazda uses therefore most all none OEM fluid will work just fine if applicated in their product information selection and also will and does support the Mazda warranty.

My recommendation is based on extensive use and testing Data logging which include Dyno results and temperature values comparing the transmission and engine under different driving condition both normal street and also track all this is not off the cuff guessing.

You may want to learn a little more about automatic transmission and the choice of fluid viscosity? It not as simple as it is for motor oil and does require knowing at least a little internal operating temperatures value. This is not in any "hand-book" how- to or mechanics training information either.

I am not really going to debate any of this with you so I just will say please try to do a little more fact-finding research.

Thank you for entertaining response to mine
OK, I understand. But have you ever tried to expressing your expertise without belittling people? That would really go a long way. ;)
 

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Go look a #9. Multiple paragraphs shoving "expertise" in my face over a slight disagreement in fluid recommendation when all I recommended was to use the OE fluid over the multi-vehicle stuff? 🤷‍♂️
I'm not watching or replying to this thread anymore.
I have noticed a few things about your posting style on this forum . I will say you need to look that numerically post #9 came after and I responded having to do with post #8. . Maybe you should 'LOOK IN THE MIRROW " so to say before calling any member rude or belittling someone. Happy to read you decided not to post on this thread in the future, but I think....LOL ;)

My conclusions if I were to read back on this thread is OEM may sometimes like any other product retailed may have a better price at times. But not always. Mazda dealerships are not as often thought everywhere and accessible to Mazda owners. Not all use the internet to purchase products. There are much more auto parts brick and motor stores available in more places than Mazda dealerships and many have and advertise sales on oils.

My personal preference as I said earlier is Castrol at least for the Mazda regarding transmission fluid. The main reason is availability and price. The secondary is IMHO equally as good as OEM Mazda? Advertising can create MYTH on the internet like the phrase "DEVELOPED FOR" which is often time not exactly accurate.

I also prefer "OLD SCHOOL" *RED DYED automatic transmission fluids (most are actually clear to light shades of dark when formulated) because I am more experienced in seeing thing that are going on having to do with the color then with say like MAZDA which not only uses a different RED but on some transmission the fluid is actual a dark color with no RED dye leading to think there may be a problem going on? But that is just me.

* RED dye in automatic transmission fluid
3 main reasons
#1. When automatic transmission started to be used more often it made for less chance of adding transmission fluid to the engines and motor oil to the transmissions.
#2. Because motor and automatic transmission were about the same color l until the 1960s when manufacturers started to add red dye so that technicians could tell them apart and leaks were easier to diagnose.
#3. To simplify the identification of impurities.



P.S. OMG the wife and I are looking a house to purchase in Flour Mound:LOL:
 

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Jut get the Mazda sold stuff and don't worry about the extra few dollars.

And, yes, Grendel65 is a know-it-all who is often condescending and unhelpful.
Really that's your expertise just get Mazda and don't worry about saving a few bucks. No consideration that maybe there are better or at least equal oils available because they are not labeled MAZDA?
I always understand on this forum when a few members make comments like yours and generally it is because of poor information they have learned about something. I also wonder at what point does a member that has years of experience to share and give be considered a know-it-all? As for unhelpful posting on my part please pm me with any that in your opinion on any thread I have given that was not accurate and helpful and explain why and where you concluded that. If you like, please use this thread topic and what I posted? I am sure a few that a few members would be interested.

The last thread you and I tangled your information was less than the best and here you are again
Shipo is our Super moderator and had I crossed the line in any way he felt was counterproductive and not supportive to the threads topic he would have already contacted me I am very sure.

Thank you however for reading all my responses and following me on this forum! :)
 
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