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2008 Mazda 3 2.3 Oil Recommendation #4576090
11/16/17 02:25 PM
11/16/17 02:25 PM
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Seattle
glmtd Offline OP
glmtd  Offline OP
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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!

Re: 2008 Mazda 3 2.3 Oil Recommendation [Re: glmtd] #4576113
11/16/17 02:49 PM
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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.


2000 Lexus GS300-361k
1999 Lexus GS400-213k
2006 Toyota Camry-187k
2006 Toyota Highlander Hybrid-125k
2009 Scion xB-120k
2013 VW Tiguan-120k
2009 Toyota Tacoma-60k
Re: 2008 Mazda 3 2.3 Oil Recommendation [Re: glmtd] #4576130
11/16/17 03:02 PM
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Onondaga County
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0w-20 at 7500 or 10K miles and it will outlast the rest of the car.


18 Forester 2.5I 6M
00 Jeep Cherokee
01 Ford F-350 XL 4x4 5M
Re: 2008 Mazda 3 2.3 Oil Recommendation [Re: glmtd] #4576196
11/16/17 04:09 PM
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Buffalo, NY
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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...

Re: 2008 Mazda 3 2.3 Oil Recommendation [Re: glmtd] #4576217
11/16/17 04:28 PM
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Pennsylvania
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Since youíre using Castrol Edge Iíd stick with that. Itís a [censored] good oil. You can go Magnatec and save a few bucks.

Re: 2008 Mazda 3 2.3 Oil Recommendation [Re: glmtd] #4576244
11/16/17 04:57 PM
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Illinois
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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.

Last edited by tig1; 11/16/17 04:59 PM.

2007 Ford Fusion 232,000 miles
M1 0-20 EP
2017 Ford Fusion 55K
M1 0-20 EP
10,000 mile OCIs on both engines
M1 ATF and MC LV
M1 10-30 in all OPE
MC filters

Re: 2008 Mazda 3 2.3 Oil Recommendation [Re: glmtd] #4576345
11/16/17 06:23 PM
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Cedarbrae, Ontario
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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.


2015 RAM SXT Crew Cab 5.7 with 6 speed tranny.

2008 Mazda 3 GS Sport Hatchback 5sp MT (Girlfriend's car)

Re: 2008 Mazda 3 2.3 Oil Recommendation [Re: glmtd] #4576893
11/17/17 10:30 AM
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Minnesota, USA
Serge Offline
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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.


08 135i (600hp) Redline 5w40
13 X3 28i (375hp) Castrol 0w40
07 Mzd3 2L ST Syn 10w30
11 Mzd6 2.5L ST Syn 10w30
14 Mzd3 2L Dealer 0w20
16 Yukon XL ST Syn 0w20
Re: 2008 Mazda 3 2.3 Oil Recommendation [Re: Serge] #4577196
11/17/17 04:12 PM
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Illinois
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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.


2007 Ford Fusion 232,000 miles
M1 0-20 EP
2017 Ford Fusion 55K
M1 0-20 EP
10,000 mile OCIs on both engines
M1 ATF and MC LV
M1 10-30 in all OPE
MC filters

Re: 2008 Mazda 3 2.3 Oil Recommendation [Re: Serge] #4577205
11/17/17 04:20 PM
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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

Re: 2008 Mazda 3 2.3 Oil Recommendation [Re: SatinSilver] #4578137
11/18/17 05:16 PM
11/18/17 05:16 PM
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Minnesota, USA
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Minnesota, USA
Used 5w20 till warranty was up.


08 135i (600hp) Redline 5w40
13 X3 28i (375hp) Castrol 0w40
07 Mzd3 2L ST Syn 10w30
11 Mzd6 2.5L ST Syn 10w30
14 Mzd3 2L Dealer 0w20
16 Yukon XL ST Syn 0w20

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