Need Help?

2011 Mazda MAZDA3 i Sport 4dr Sedan Man

2011 Mazda MAZDA3
Trim Info:
Front Wheel Drive, 4 Door Sedan, Compact
25 (Est) mpg city / 33 (Est) mpg hwy
Other Trims
Do you own this car?
Estimated Mileage
 Miles
Enter current mileage for most
accurate info about this vehicle


Track Your Service Records
Get Recall Alerts
Get Updated Value Estimates on Your Car.

back to question list

Ask the Community

Ask Our Auto Mechanics


February 25, 2012, 3:43 pm

Howard B
 

Question: what kind of oil?

my dealer wants to use full synthetic oil for my upcoming oil change. Would it be a safe alternative to use the more economical synthetic blend? I have the "original" iTouring 2.0 model (ie not SKY-ACTIV). Thanks.


February 27, 2012, 7:50 pm

Tyler O
Expert Mechanic

It will effect the performance and longevity of the engine all other factors ignored.

Synthetic isn't much more expensive, especially if you do your own changes or bring your own oil.

If you change your oil every 5k, and spend $15 more on oil, you'll spend $300 more over 100k miles. It's not really worth it... maximize your engine's life and performance.


1/1 users found this helpful.

February 28, 2012, 8:20 am

Howard B
 

ok thanks, hadn't thought of bringing my own oil. this was a helpful answer.


0/0 users found this helpful.

Ask our panel of certified auto mechanics a question. We pay for their advice so you don't have to



My Auto Score

See the free AutoCheck score

Meet The Experts
Kim Perrin
Kim Perrin is our resident mechanic here at DriverSide. Kim worked as…
Tyler Orr
Tyler Orr is an expert in German and Japanese cars and has been a mechanic …
Elizabeth Kriesten
Elizabeth Kriesten worked as an automotive technician for several years at Dodge…
Tips on Servicing

Car Brakes: How Do You Know When to Change Them?

By Zach Bowman For those who suffer a daily commute through heavy traffic, your vehicle's braking system can bring thousands of pounds of metal, plastic and empty Starbucks cups to a stop hundreds of times before you get to work. It goes without saying that these pieces wear out, but they do so slowly, meaning you may not notice they need attention until ...

Read more…