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onedaymyfriend
#1 Posted : 07 August 2018 19:15:57(UTC)
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Good evening all, 

The wife's Mk4 is due its 3rd on the next month or so, we've decided to a use a reputable local garage do the work with parts from mx5parts.co.uk rather than use the dealership.

My query is with regards to the best oil, on the mx5parts site there are a few options - Mazda 0w20 or Mobil Super 5w30. Which would you guys recommend? If there's another option please let me know.

Thanks for your time  

Darren 

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#2 Posted : 07 August 2018 19:33:02(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: onedaymyfriend Go to Quoted Post

Good evening all, 

The wife's Mk4 is due its 3rd on the next month or so, we've decided to a use a reputable local garage do the work with parts from mx5parts.co.uk rather than use the dealership.

My query is with regards to the best oil, on the mx5parts site there are a few options - Mazda 0w20 or Mobil Super 5w30. Which would you guys recommend? If there's another option please let me know.

Thanks for your time  

Darren 

At the recent service for our Mazda3 with the Skyactive engine the main dealer used 'Mazda' 5w30. 

The Milcars service agent volunteered that car has Stop Start (iStop), which means there is an extra load on the bearings and battery each time, hence the 'special' (expensive) Mazda oil.  Really?  Hmm, well, they were on the ball in other things, so I'll give them the benefit of the doubt.

I was given (not by Mazda) a litre of 'Castrol 5w30 specially formulated for modern stop-start engines', but the car never uses enough to require topping up so after two years that litre is still sealed.  If yours has the iStop system, and you do a high mileage, then it might be prudent to make sure the oil is optimised for this.

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#3 Posted : 07 August 2018 19:56:30(UTC)
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I'd use the grade recommended in the handbook, the brand (as long as it's not a "Joe Bloggs") is pretty much immaterial.

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#4 Posted : 07 August 2018 20:01:42(UTC)
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  UK cars do not have 'stop start' so I would use Mazda branded oil (0-20) and parts. It might be useful to get the garage to register with Mazda so they can update the service records for your car.

Personally we will be using Mazda for our 3rd service so they can see if any warranty work is required before it runs out. Also worth considering is the updates to the software that are included in the service. Some dealers will do a discounted price on servicing, it costs nothing to ask, always in a polite manner of course.

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#5 Posted : 07 August 2018 20:24:36(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Mad Malc Go to Quoted Post

  UK cars do not have 'stop start' so I would use Mazda branded oil (0-20) and parts. It might be useful to get the garage to register with Mazda so they can update the service records for your car.

Personally we will be using Mazda for our 3rd service so they can see if any warranty work is required before it runs out. Also worth considering is the updates to the software that are included in the service. Some dealers will do a discounted price on servicing, it costs nothing to ask, always in a polite manner of course.

Good point Mad Malc! 

The girl on the Service desk at the dealership said the Service would be - Oil + filter and air filer - £230. No mention of systems updates. I will defo take your advice and ask nicely for a discount. 😊 

 

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#6 Posted : 07 August 2018 21:03:47(UTC)
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Ring two or three dealers and get the best price !

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#7 Posted : 08 August 2018 16:28:54(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: onedaymyfriend Go to Quoted Post

Originally Posted by: Mad Malc Go to Quoted Post

  UK cars do not have 'stop start' so I would use Mazda branded oil (0-20) and parts. It might be useful to get the garage to register with Mazda so they can update the service records for your car.

Personally we will be using Mazda for our 3rd service so they can see if any warranty work is required before it runs out. Also worth considering is the updates to the software that are included in the service. Some dealers will do a discounted price on servicing, it costs nothing to ask, always in a polite manner of course.

Good point Mad Malc! 

The girl on the Service desk at the dealership said the Service would be - Oil + filter and air filer - £230. No mention of systems updates. I will defo take your advice and ask nicely for a discount. 😊 

 

Same plan here - though I have service plan anyway. Also worth mentioning that once your warranty runs out, if you have used a Mazda dealer for your servicing I always think there is a better chance that Mazda UK will be more sympathetic towards an out of warranty claim if you have an issue in the next year. 

 

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#8 Posted : 08 August 2018 19:32:44(UTC)
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I have had my ND almost three years and had my trusted guy at my local garage do the service for me each each year. £230 for Oil + Filter and Air Filter is an absolute rip off and I'd rather keep my local guy in business. The DSR has been kept updated as I email a copy of the service specification to Mazda once it has been completed and they update the online record for me.

I hadn't received any updates to the firmware for the Infotainment system because the service was not done by Mazda. I contacted them a couple of weeks ago and the car was booked in for a free update as it is still under warranty. You can get this done anytime, it doesn't have to be during the service and it only takes an hour

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#9 Posted : 09 August 2018 19:59:50(UTC)
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It's also ok to use 5w/30 as per the handbook and recommend a fully synthetic oil.

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#10 Posted : 19 August 2018 21:58:16(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: MX54 Go to Quoted Post

I have had my ND almost three years and had my trusted guy at my local garage do the service for me each each year. £230 for Oil + Filter and Air Filter is an absolute rip off and I'd rather keep my local guy in business. The DSR has been kept updated as I email a copy of the service specification to Mazda once it has been completed and they update the online record for me.

I hadn't received any updates to the firmware for the Infotainment system because the service was not done by Mazda. I contacted them a couple of weeks ago and the car was booked in for a free update as it is still under warranty. You can get this done anytime, it doesn't have to be during the service and it only takes an hour

Been looking around the forum to find the address to send invoices to to get them added to the DSR, if you could let me know that would be awesome :) 

 

 

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#11 Posted : 20 August 2018 09:39:30(UTC)
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Hi

The address I use for emailing Mazda with the latest service information is:

mmukassistance@mazdaeur.com

I originally contacted Mazda UK and asked how to update the DSR as the email address isn't readily available on their website. I always send them a copy of the latest service invoice and have had no issues. they are pretty good and usually update it within 24 hours and you also receive confirmation from them when it's been completed.

I also keep an eye on the latest TSB's to check if there is anything that could affect my car. If there is, then these would still be covered by the Warranty.

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