QUOTE (Wraithier @ Jul 23 2009, 11:32 AM)
Sorry new Mazda owner here, is there an "official list" of authorized service centers or something, or is this just referring to Jiffy Lube, Pennzoil, Valvoline oil change centers? I don't want to take it to Pennzoil and my warranty be void or some BS...[/b]
There is no official list. However, Jiffy Lubes are franchise operations, not directly owned by Pennzoil, and some
to be, erm, shady. (These are claims I have read and not verified.) If you are concerned about either (1) losing warranty coverage -- and, probably more likely -- (2) avoiding being hassled before your warranty claim is recognized, then the safest course of action is to have your oil changed at least as frequently as stated in the owner's manual (more frequently is o.k.) by either:
We took the latter route. We purchase Schaeffer Supreme 7000 motor oil
(5W-20) -- which is actually less expensive than a lot of the motor oils sold at AutoZone or Target -- from a brick-and-mortar store that we found using this link
, and a K&N HP-2010 oil filter
from an auto parts store, and take them to the mechanic for the oil change. The mechanic is happy not to charge us for the oil or filter, and usually by that time we need something else to be done (tire rotation, cabin air filter replacement, check brake pad remaining thickness, etc.) to allow the shop at least to break even from the transaction -- but more importantly to the mechanic, to earn your trust so that when you need real work done, he will get your business; it is the best kind of advertising any mechanic can get.