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Question Flexible Oil Maintenance Setting

From my 2016 owner's manual: "The flexible setting is available in the United States and Puerto Rico. Based on the
engine operating conditions, the onboard computer in your vehicle calculates the
remaining oil life. Mazda Genuine 0W-20 oil and Castrol® 0W-20 oil are required to
achieve optimum calculation performance"

Do you use this feature? If so how many miles do you typically get between changes and what driving conditions do you normally have? I am trying to determine if I should be using this feature or simply change on a regular mileage interval (e.g every 7500 miles).

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I use it and I like it
I think it takes into account engine operating time (idle, city driving, traffic, etc.) instead of just mileage
My commutes are not that long so I put about 4k miles and the oil life showed about 20%
I did my oil change then and it came out really dirty, so it's fairly accurate
Someone like myself who doesn't make big commutes can't rely on mileage alone

EDIT: Also forgot to add that by then the oil was already over 6 months old so that was the main reason I changed it
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Given the circumstances of my use (I live 1/3 mile up a dirt road), the Owner's Manual directs me to "follow Schedule 2 with engine oil fixed maintenance" - that is, change the oil every 5,000 miles. In the States, the conditions requiring that interval are:

• Extended periods of idling or low-speed operation such as police car, taxi or driving school car
• Driving in dusty conditions

Once I'm back living on a paved street or road, I'll happily switch over to the flexible maintenance interval.

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From my 2016 owner's manual: "The flexible setting is available in the United States and Puerto Rico. Based on the
engine operating conditions, the onboard computer in your vehicle calculates the
remaining oil life. Mazda Genuine 0W-20 oil and Castrol® 0W-20 oil are required to
achieve optimum calculation performance"

Do you use this feature? If so how many miles do you typically get between changes and what driving conditions do you normally have? I am trying to determine if I should be using this feature or simply change on a regular mileage interval (e.g every 7500 miles).

Thanks!
Anyone else using this feature?
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For those who do not travel much mileage annually, there is generally recognized standard that due to a motor building up acids in the oil when running, the oil and filter should be changed no less than once every year.

Thus even for someone who is, because of a temporary job assignment, a military deployment, going to park their car for a long time with its having been run before then, another major recommendation is to change the oil/filter before it is parked for an extended time period. Is three months an extended time? No. But if you had, for example, driven your car for 4,000 miles and were for whatever reason going to park it for six months, it would be smart to get your oil/filter changed before that hibernation.
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