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Does Mazda 5 need synthetic oil ?

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Does Mazda 5 need synthetic oil ?

I was using synthetic oil for the 2012 Mazda 5 in the first 2-3 years . I switched to another garage later on and they told me it is ok to use regular oil, and have been using regular oil since then. Now, I am moving to another garage which is closer to home and they say they go by user manual, and it says Mazda5 requires synthetic oil. Should I switch back ? Honestly, I didn't experience anything when I am using regular oil.

Thanks for any advice.
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Just stick with synthetic as per user manual.
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The question is, what interval were you changing your oil at when you switched to regular oil?

Given the age of your car, I don't think it matters going forward. If you run into engine problem, it's a write off at this point anyway.
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Stick with what the owner's manual says. Considering they specifically spell out synthetic, just do that.

Supertech full synthetic at Wal-Mart is a great value (often under $20 for 5L), and meets your use case very well. Doesn't cost much more than conventional oil.
Deal with it.
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Read your owner's manual!!!
Penalty Box
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I'm not even sure who would use dino oil in this day and age, unless for an old junker or beater... I haven't touched that stuff since like 1997 lol.
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ES_Revenge wrote: I'm not even sure who would use dino oil in this day and age, unless for an old junker or beater... I haven't touched that stuff since like 1997 lol.
You’d be surprised. Lots of people wing it with old skool oil dino oil changes every 5k km or so.
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Synthetic oil is better at many things when compared to regular oil & considering the manufacture requires it you should of always used it. It may be an older car now but really Oil is the blood of the engine and if you want to prolong the engine has give it a big more protection its worth the price increase. Also google benefits Synthetic oil & you can decide for yourself.
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ES_Revenge wrote: I'm not even sure who would use dino oil in this day and age, unless for an old junker or beater... I haven't touched that stuff since like 1997 lol.
Most people are probably running a semi synthetic (Group III) and don't even realize it :)
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mxthor3 wrote: Most people are probably running a semi synthetic (Group III) and don't even realize it :)
Well yeah but at least a Group III oil--most "synthetic" is Group III these days anyway. PAO doesn't mean as much as it used to either. Oil tech has moved forward so far since the days when only Group IV oils were marketed as synthetic; GTL-based Pennzoil Platinum, for example, is Group III but that doesn't change the fact that it's an excellent motor oil.

What I mean is like old skool oil like Castrol GTX, and stuff like Havoline, Valvoline, Quaker State, some-other-line, and such lol--like your
dad's oil (or possibly grand dad's). Like not the synthetic versions of those but like the regular old-skool variety from back in the day. No one that has a newish car or even an older one that's been well maintained and cared for, should be using this kind of thing.
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Personally, to me it's a peace of mind, knowing I'm getting the best protection.

My Amsoil cost me about $170 for a case that gives me three oil changes, DIY.
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You can't change anything so i'd just go back to synthetic and consider it a learning experience.
Next time read the manual after you come home with the car.

As for the its a write-off comment :rolleyes:
In fact in Rand McNally they wear hats on their feet and hamburgers eat people
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UrbanPoet wrote: The good thing about driving an EV is you don’t have to worry about what type of oil to use.
But you need to replace its blinker fluid and muffler bearings all the same Winking Face

And the batteries only last 3-4 years. Not to mention the price of electricity is 5x the price of gas, creates 4x the emissions and is what Bill Gates wants you to drive Smiling Face With Open Mouth And Smiling Eyes
In fact in Rand McNally they wear hats on their feet and hamburgers eat people
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UrbanPoet wrote: The good thing about driving an EV is you don’t have to worry about what type of oil to use.
There's still the coolant that most EVs still use, that will need to be serviced periodically. Then brake fluid, etc.
Deal with it.
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Why is EV coming into this topic? Seems like EV always find a way into threads not about EVs....
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Cheap insurance, plus the Mazda5 updated from the 2.3L engine that had an oil cooler, to the 2.5L engine that does NOT have an oil cooler anymore...
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UrbanPoet wrote: The good thing about driving an EV is you don’t have to worry about what type of oil to use.
You still have to pay, no matter what.

Car and Driver says:

"Our Tesla Model 3 Hasn't Delivered Big Savings in Maintenance Costs
We've also spent serious money on windshield, roof, and tire replacement."

https://www.caranddriver.com/reviews/a3 ... intenance/
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I've read that switching to synthetic on older cars, especially after using dino oil, does such a great job of cleaning out all the built up crud, especially around seals, that it leads to leaks.
Not sure if this is true

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