- Oct 1, 2017
- Edinburgh Scotland
in fact things have moved on a little over the couple of days I've had it. The dealer told me the engine oil and oil filter had definitely been changed back in March when they bought it. I questioned him quite closely on this as I was interested to find out if any other work had been done - like for instance a service etc. He was very clear that the oil and filter had been done and a safety check on everything else. I was just interested to check the oil condition for my own reassurance and I'm very happy to believe the oil and filter were done as he told me.Dealer say they did the oil. Do I change it? Well stand back one pace and add up the sum of your question and then ask yourself, is this something I need to consider...... I expect they changed the air filter at the same time. I think I would bite the bullet and do it then you know it has proper grade and quality. IF they changed it you cna think of it as a flush!
However, before I started working on it yesterday I'd made a cup of coffee and taken it out with me. I decided to empty the glovebox and other hidy holes, while my hands were clean, and see if I could find any evidence of a service record. The black binder was in the glovebox with the owner's manual and some other stuff but no service book. I find myself wondering if, in this day and age of computerized records, maybe it didn't have one? I made contact with a local Mazda dealer who was able to tell me there's a complete computer record up till about 3 years ago and my guess is that it left the Mazda dealer network at that time - it moved from somewhere down south up to the Scottish Borders at that time - and has been looked after by a local garage up here who, finding no book, couldn't stamp it? Anyway, I did find an invoice from a Borders garage for replacing the O/S front top strut mount and an MOT on 10/01/23 which is it's latest MOT. So I rang them up, hoping maybe they'd been looking after it. Got a very nice obliging chap on the 'phone who recounted an interesting story. Apparently the car was bought maybe a year before that, by a long time family customer - wealthy local family - for their daughter. He looks after all their vehicles but the daughter seems to have moved away soon after, going to live in a city he thinks, and didn't take the car with her which had been pretty much unused so they decided to sell it. He recons it would have probably been due a service at the time it came in for it's MOT as that was about a year since they bought it but all they wanted was the MOT and they agreed to the top mount as it was creaking badly. Turns out he knows the chap we bought the car from and he rates him as a "canny lad". "he'll not sell a bad car" he said.
So that would explain why the air filter looked a bit sorry for itself - wasn't absolutely "awful" though. However I do take on board what you say about oil quality. The wee garage we bought the car from has no mechanical workshop facilities yet - the building is still under construction - so all his mechanical repairs are done by one of the local garage workshops. I might try to find out who and give them a ring to inquire about what oil they might have used. If I don't get cooperation from him or the garage workshop I'll probably just do it. Fingers crossed the drain plug's not got damaged threads - What was it Cheest said? "Oh well, while I'm in here I'll just" and then wish you hadn't!
Oh, and noticed the fan (aux) belt is in excellent condition, can't be any more than about a year old. Another wee bit of evidence that someone has been giving it a bit of love?