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#4576090 - 11/16/17 01:25 PM 2008 Mazda 3 2.3 Oil Recommendation
glmtd Offline


Registered: 03/11/16
Posts: 9
Loc: Seattle
Hi, I am looking for oil recommendation for 2008 Mazda 3 S with 2.3 engine and 5 speed automatic transmission. The car has 98k miles, I bought the car with 93000 miles and changed the oil right away with Castrol Edge 5w-20 (it was on sale) and WIX filter. I have been thinking about Mobil 1 0w-20 or 30 since I've had good results with it in the past in my 2000 Miata. Thanks!

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#4576113 - 11/16/17 01:49 PM Re: 2008 Mazda 3 2.3 Oil Recommendation [Re: glmtd]
Vladiator Offline


Registered: 01/04/16
Posts: 728
Loc: NC
Member "tig1" drove a Ford Fusion with that same 2.3L engine. He uses M1 0w20 with great luck and zero issues with 10k mile OCI. I believe he put over 400K miles combined on M1 0w20, and loves it.

When I had a Mazda 6 with that 2.3L engine - I found that my engine liked Castrol Magnatec 0w20 more than any other oil. It was the quietest and smoothest during operation on Magnatec, compared to other oils on WalMart shelf. Mobil1 0w30 is also another great option.
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Thicker oils give protection for severe operations such as driving in mountains, pulling a boat, dusty conditions, short trips, high rpm, overloading, overheating and overcooling. Thin oils give MPG.

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#4576130 - 11/16/17 02:02 PM Re: 2008 Mazda 3 2.3 Oil Recommendation [Re: glmtd]
Miller88 Online   content


Registered: 04/09/08
Posts: 12702
Loc: Onondaga County
0w-20 at 7500 or 10K miles and it will outlast the rest of the car.
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#4576196 - 11/16/17 03:09 PM Re: 2008 Mazda 3 2.3 Oil Recommendation [Re: glmtd]
Nickdfresh Offline


Registered: 03/15/06
Posts: 5615
Loc: Buffalo, NY
Any quality syn 0/5W-20 will take that car as long as it can go before the doors rot off. I like Mobil 1 0W-20 AFE or EP...

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#4576217 - 11/16/17 03:28 PM Re: 2008 Mazda 3 2.3 Oil Recommendation [Re: glmtd]
K23Turbo Offline


Registered: 02/05/09
Posts: 224
Loc: Pennsylvania
Since youíre using Castrol Edge Iíd stick with that. Itís a [censored] good oil. You can go Magnatec and save a few bucks.

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#4576244 - 11/16/17 03:57 PM Re: 2008 Mazda 3 2.3 Oil Recommendation [Re: glmtd]
tig1 Offline


Registered: 01/03/09
Posts: 13657
Loc: Illinois
Few here have put as many miles on 0-20 oils as I have. My 2007 Fusion 2.3(same engine as yours) has 215K at 10K OCIs and still performs like new with M1 0-20. The engine is very clean, no sign of engine wear or timing chain noise, uses no oil in 10K OCIs, and no leaks. With my last three Duratec I-4 Ford engines I have accumulated around 425K on M1 20wt oils with most of that with 0-20.


Edited by tig1 (11/16/17 03:59 PM)
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2007 Ford Fusion 227,000 miles
M1 0-20 EP
2017 Ford Fusion 49K
M1 0-20 EP
10,000 mile OCIs on both engines
M1 ATF and MC LV
M1 10-30 in all OPE
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#4576345 - 11/16/17 05:23 PM Re: 2008 Mazda 3 2.3 Oil Recommendation [Re: glmtd]
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Registered: 03/11/09
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Loc: Cedarbrae, Ontario
I put Amsoil XL 5w20 in the girlfriend's 2008 Mazda 3 with the 2.3 engine. Engine runs smooth as the day she got it and no noises at all. I use the Mazda filter cartridges as they are very well made and priced well.
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#4576893 - 11/17/17 09:30 AM Re: 2008 Mazda 3 2.3 Oil Recommendation [Re: glmtd]
Serge Offline


Registered: 09/22/16
Posts: 61
Loc: Minnesota, USA
All this 0w20 and 5w20 [censored] is for stupid CAFE. Use 5w30 or 0w30 and never look back. 173k on my mazda3 with Xw-30 and she purrs like a kitten.
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08 135i (600hp) 60k Redline 5w40
13 X3 28i (375hp) 50k Castrol 0w40
07 Mzd3 2L 185k 10w30
11 Mzd6 2.5L 115k 10w30
14 Mzd3 2L 30k 0w20
16 Yukon XL 15k 0w20

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#4577196 - 11/17/17 03:12 PM Re: 2008 Mazda 3 2.3 Oil Recommendation [Re: Serge]
tig1 Offline


Registered: 01/03/09
Posts: 13657
Loc: Illinois
Originally Posted By: Serge
All this 0w20 and 5w20 [censored] is for stupid CAFE. Use 5w30 or 0w30 and never look back. 173k on my mazda3 with Xw-30 and she purrs like a kitten.


My Fusion 2.3 with 215K,10K OCIs with 0-20, well "she purrs like a kitten" also.
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2007 Ford Fusion 227,000 miles
M1 0-20 EP
2017 Ford Fusion 49K
M1 0-20 EP
10,000 mile OCIs on both engines
M1 ATF and MC LV
M1 10-30 in all OPE
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#4577205 - 11/17/17 03:20 PM Re: 2008 Mazda 3 2.3 Oil Recommendation [Re: Serge]
SatinSilver Offline


Registered: 01/24/08
Posts: 10128
Loc: OH
Originally Posted By: Serge
All this 0w20 and 5w20 [censored] is for stupid CAFE. Use 5w30 or 0w30 and never look back. 173k on my mazda3 with Xw-30 and she purrs like a kitten.


Have you ever tried xw20 in the car? I would guess from the ignorant post you haven't. smile

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#4578137 - 11/18/17 04:16 PM Re: 2008 Mazda 3 2.3 Oil Recommendation [Re: SatinSilver]
Serge Offline


Registered: 09/22/16
Posts: 61
Loc: Minnesota, USA
Used 5w20 till warranty was up.
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08 135i (600hp) 60k Redline 5w40
13 X3 28i (375hp) 50k Castrol 0w40
07 Mzd3 2L 185k 10w30
11 Mzd6 2.5L 115k 10w30
14 Mzd3 2L 30k 0w20
16 Yukon XL 15k 0w20

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