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wow thanks. thats really helpful. i might think of doing this soon. how much does this cost?
Be aware that if you have a warranty, that conversion will void it.
If it's an oil related failure, and the dealer can prove it, then they can deny warranty. They however can not deny any and all warranties due to a non-approved Mazda part. You can check the magnuson-moss warranty act: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magnuson-Moss_Warranty_Act
Yea, but a service manager straight-up told me they would void my warranty. It doesn't matter if he's right or wrong or whether or not its even legal. He would have voided the warranty--blacklisted my car--and my only available recourse would have been legal action. For a filter conversion? No thanks, I'll wait until the warranty is up.
Its wrong, sure, but that's what would have happened and it just wasn't worth the headache. The OP, however, has no reason not to do the conversion.
I don't think that the service manager in question could tell me what the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act was about...
Moreover, I couldn't find anything in the link provided talking about modification of the consumer product and the voiding of warranties. If Mazda explicitly states within the warranty that they can void the warranty under certain conditions, then they are actually protected
by the Magnuson-Moss act.
Further, under the act, aftermarket equipment that improves performance does not automatically void a vehicle manufacturer's original warranty, unless the warranty clearly states the addition of aftermarket equipment automatically voids your vehicle's warranty, or if it can be proven that the aftermarket device is the direct cause of the failure.
I don't think Mazda explicitly states that, but I don't have my warranty info handy...
Either way, you're right.