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#343 of 352 Re: changing your own oil [jeffyscott]
Sep 11, 2007 (10:34 am)
What do you save by changing your own oil? Maybe $10 per change? I'd rather avoid the risk of a hassle, should a problem occur, and let the dealer do the changes.
Sometimes it isn't about the money. I get personal satisfaction out of changing my own oil and filter. I know someone who's car recently threw a rod because the technician who changed the oil shorted the engine by several quarts.
The old adage "If you want it done right, do it yourself" has some truth to it...as does "to each his own"
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#344 of 352 Car fixed
Sep 11, 2007 (4:59 pm)
After doing the rounds with Mazda and getting nowhere I fixed the car myself. It ended up being 2 spun rod bearings. The total fix cost me $75 and 3 hours work. Then I traded the pile of junk in. Even swap on a Dodge work truck with a lifetime powertrain warranty.
#345 of 352 Re: blown up [jkeef2]
Oct 27, 2007 (4:36 pm)
I guess one more reason NOT to change the oil myself....
I would have to sue myself in this scenario
#346 of 352 Re: Mazda 6 Oil Consumption [jbah]
Mar 01, 2008 (1:27 pm)
I own a '07 Mazda 6 and had a strikingly identical problem with my engine.
In a nutshell: Days prior to taking the vehicle into the dealership to find out the source of the rattling noise, they (the dealership) had changed the oil and completed a routine general inspection of the vehicle without any issues. Two weeks later the rattling noise appeared. I took it into the dealership immediately to have the issue inspected. When I picked it up, they said they weren't sure what the source of the problem was. They told me they replaced a piece and that the warranty covered it. The problem seemed to dissapear, until somewhere between 3-5 thousand miles later the rattling noise came back. Ironically enough, a couple of days after the noise came back and I was on my way to the dealership to get an oil change and get the rattling noise looked into, the engine busted in the middle of the freeway! After it was towed away and inspected by a dealership, they told me it was missing oil. The service dept. said it was my fault, not theirs and that they would not cover the cost for an engine replacement. Mazda also disclaimed any fault.
I am becoming aware of several other Mazda 6 owners who have had the same experience. What are you currently doing to resolve your situation?
#347 of 352 Re: Mazda 6 Oil Consumption [mazda6owner]
Mar 01, 2008 (8:49 pm)
I had no luck with the dealer or factory rep. I took it upon myself to fix the rod bearings that were damaged so that I could trade the car in and buy another vehicle. Total cost for the repair was around $70 And 4 hours labor. Hopefully this might be an option for you if the engine still runs.
#348 of 352 Re: Mazda 6 Oil Consumption [jkeef2]
Mar 02, 2008 (4:36 pm)
Just to re-cap my situation. I did get a new engine out of mazda b/c 2 cylinders were showing a depreciation in compression. This was less than 40k miles. They wanted proof of my oil changes. Also, the clutch is making a strange noise again. This is after they replaced the clutch at 20k miles. I certainly wouldn't buy a mazda that is built in the US b/c the Japan versions didn't have these problems. I still feel like they should fix the clutch but I'm out of warranty and they already refused to honor anything else. They also had to fix the tranny mount and leaky axle seal after the engine swap. I don't know what to say really, other than MAZDA SUCKS. Thank G*($ though they honored repairs but why should you have to take in your brand new car five times a year for four years?!!?!?!
#350 of 352 Re: Mazda 6 Oil Consumption [jbah]
Dec 17, 2011 (1:25 pm)
I have a 2006 mazda 6 5 door. It also uses a quart every 1500 miles. It has gotten pretty good maintenance for the 5 years we've had it. No short trips at 116,000 miles. It still looks good. I just bought a new Honda Accord EX-L. No more Mazdas; back to Hondas. The Mazda also sucks air when the gas tank gets to 1/3 full. I hate when the blondes bear down on you in their escalades when that happens. The ford dealer in Enumclaw WA has a very unhappy service department. I thought the new Focus had a crappy transmission. It stumbles when you accelerate from a slow speed as after a hairpin turn.
Dec 25, 2012 (11:31 am)
When your Mazda 6 is using oil you must change the PCV valve. The PCV valve is not on Mazda's service schedule to ever change or inspect!
When a vehicle uses oil it will clog up the catalytic converter and then bits from the catalytic converter will re-enter your engine via the EGR system causing engine failure. I actually have 2 PCV valves in line on my 2006 3.0 ltr Mazda 6.
Spark plugs must be changed 65,000 miles, change ign coils at 100,000 miles. Changed your auto tranny fluid every 35,000 miles. ">
#352 of 352 2005 Mazda 6 engine swap 3.0L
Nov 01, 2013 (11:42 am)
I just swapped the engine in my 2005 Mazda 6 3.0L with an engine out of a 2006 Mazda 6. The newer engine came out of a wrecked car so I couldnt test it before removing it. Now the swap is complete but I am having problems with the installed engine being sluggish. I know the ecu's are different, does that have anything to do with the engine being sluggish? It just doesnt seem to have any power past 20mph and when its in park and you give it gas, the engine wants to die out. Any suggestions?