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Mazda 626, Sedan
#1092 of 2044 626 Oil Level?
Apr 25, 2002 (8:20 am)
I recently purchased a new (leftover) 2001 626, 4 cyl 5sp. I love the car!!! I want to thank all those who contribute to Edmund's Town Hall. It was one of the major sources of info. When I hit 1000 miles I wanted to get the break in oil and filter changed. I checked the level and it was over filled from the factory. We all know that the dip stick is round steel that is flattened on the end and has the markings on it. The level was above the line and the "F". It was at the point where the metal flattens out from the round shaft. At most a 1/4 inch over the line. I went to Jiffy Lube and had them change it. I explained that it held 3.5 US Qts. It really holds 3.7 with the filter change, but I said 3.5. I watched and the digital readout said 3.5 exact. Fine, when I got home I checked it and it was over filled and to the same point as the factory. I checked the level parked else where and it was the same. I called the Mazda 800 number and they said not to worry. The dipstick was most likely not calibrated correctly. They said it would hold at least 4 Qts without being over filled. I checked with the dealer, we went to the service dept and spoke with them. They said the same thing, not to worry, holds 4 Qts or more, dipstick not right. They even pulled a new 2002 and checked its oil, same thing!!!! Over filled to the same level. OK, this is getting long so I will mention that i went to my old mechanic and he said the same as the others. Dipstick could be wrong, the tube that holds the dipstick could be too short or inserted into the block too far. All would cause this. We are talking about a small amount. He even mentioned the motor by its Mazda designation, so he knows what he is talking about. Has a great rep around town for knowledge and fairness. He said it would actually hold almost 5 Qts with no problem. So, the question is simple: Is everything OK? Am I hurting the motor? Am I paranoid? THANKS!!!!!
Apr 25, 2002 (11:46 am)
Our V6 takes about 4.5 quarts, not sure about the 4 cyl.
Apr 25, 2002 (5:12 pm)
Dipsticks are not what you'd call precision instruments; a 5.4-percent variance doesn't strike me as being particularly heinous, especially since the darn thing is made of metal and will change size and/or shape to a certain extent when heated.
Apr 25, 2002 (8:28 pm)
I hope the 2001 leftover wasn't sitting around too long.
#1096 of 2044 dipsticks and other things
Apr 26, 2002 (2:58 pm)
To the comment about dipsticks being made of metal, why do they also make them almost black in color? Hard to read the level of new oil. Even when the oil turns dark it will be hard to read against that color. Some contrasting color would have been better. It is a good thing that this is all I have to complain about!!! Nothing major like something fell off or it stopped running. To the question of the car sitting around too much being a leftover 2001, I don't feel that is much of a concern. The car had some miles on it when I got it, but not many. I got such a great deal on this car I could not pass it up. I have always purchased basic cars, it was time to get something nice.
Apr 27, 2002 (6:51 am)
My 2000 spent thirteen months on two dealer lots (in two different states, yet!) before I took it home. Total test-drive mileage was around 300. I'm not worrying.
Apr 27, 2002 (7:07 pm)
My car had a few more miles than that, but still no worries. I was looking at econo cars, I am saving money to purchase a house in a few years, so I wanted to conserve. This car being a year model old was only slightly higher, so I went for it. I am glad I did. I would like to get a set of nicer hubcaps or wheels. The standard equipment models are somewhat dull or maybe ugly is a truer statement.
#1099 of 2044 Drab plastic wheel covers
Apr 28, 2002 (9:26 am)
Yeah, but on the upside, no one is likely to heist them, either.
I had a nice set of seven-spoke Ultras on my old '93. They wouldn't have transferred to the new car, though only fourteen-inchers, they were, and I have certain qualms about futzing with wheel sizes in front-drivers.
Apr 28, 2002 (9:48 am)
Looking on the bright side is always a good thing, but maybe it would be nice if some one did steal them!!! I agree about being careful about changing wheel sizes, lots of bad things could happen. Speedo out of whack, different handling traits, etc. I don't want to spend a lot of money on wheels. Not many choices for nice hubcaps though. I think they want to limit the choices so you might consider wheels instead. That's the way of the world......
Apr 28, 2002 (3:23 pm)
And, of course, if you wanted alloy wheels for a 626 LX, you bought them yourself and tried to figure out something to do with the OEM steel wheels, or you paid through the schnozzola for the Premium Package and perhaps got an option you didn't want. Confusion reigns rampant once more.