It's the Thought That Counts? - 2010 Mazdaspeed 3 Long-Term Road Test

2010 Mazda Mazdaspeed3 Long-Term Road Test

2010 Mazdaspeed 3: It's the Thought That Counts?

February 23, 2010


I checked the oil in our 2010 Mazdaspeed 3 last night in Stockton about 350 miles before the end of a 1,000-mile road trip. It was a long fuel/windshield squeegeeing stop, so the car sat for 15 minutes before I pulled the dipstick. The oil level registered below the "min" mark so I bought a quart 5W30.

I was pleased to find this red brushed metal oil cap. It's as if Mazda anticipated that Mazdaspeed 3 owners would be interested enough in their cars to poke around under the hood, so the company put in a special treat. But like I say, the cap is metal. So if you are at a gas station without a pair of work gloves, that cap is hot, hot, hot.

Mind you, if I owned the Mazdaspeed, I'd probably get on a regular schedule of checking the oil and topping it off at home when the engine is cool... But that isn't always possible, so the cap should probably be boring black plastic.

I poured in half the quart to get the oil level back up where it needed to be. There's a nice cradle of a space to position the bottle for funnel-less pouring. I'm not keen on the dipstick design, though. It's conveniently right in front, but it's kind of buried. A longer tube would be nice.

After my road trip (and you'll be getting a couple more posts about it), we are over the 7,500-mile mark -- at which the Mazdaspeed 3 should receive its first oil change, per the owner's manual. So we'll make an appointment very soon.



Erin Riches, Senior Editor @ 7,916 miles

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