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    Budget smartphone

    My last LG was a G2..still works to this day. I have 3 smartphones..a $200 Essential PH-1 "Amazon Edition"; a $570 Apple Refurbished iPhone 8 Plus Product Red (as back-ups)..and my favorite, is a $72 daily driver/burner Nexus 5X (2015) from Ebay, running on stock Oreo 8.1/Oct 2018 sec patch. It...
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    Best and Worst SET of tires you've ever put on

    Ditto on the worst..Michelin MXV4+ on my old ATW Passat wagon. The best on that car, was a set of Continental ContiExtreme Contacts. Now on my 2014 Mazda6 Touring 6MT, a set of 225/45/19 Michelin PSS (at 2,000+mi old) to replace the OEM Dunlop 5000s (lasted 39,626/40 mos). The difference in...
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    Year of the batteries

    My original Panasonic/Mazda N-55D23L-MF is still going strong..at month 50, on my 2014 Mazda6 Touring 6MT. I trickle charge it, once a month with a Diehard DH-6A. It even outlived replacing the deplorable OEM Dunlop 5000s tires (lasted 39,626mi/40 mos)..for a well deserved summer set of Michelin...
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    Virgin Mazda 0w-20 w/moly Idemitsu SN

    Guys, if you have a Costco membership, you can use their car buying service link. The referred Mazda dealer they list also offers coupons, good for any accessories/parts for the DIY'ers. I used one (15% off)...not much, but hey it helps esp if you get a qt of the Mazda Moly (like me, for...
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    Virgin Mazda 0w-20 w/moly Idemitsu SN

    <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: 147_Grain</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Can you buy the Mazda oil and filter online at a discount and then pay the dealer $15 for labor (to save money)? </div></div> I changed my oil filter (only) last Sun, at 961mi...
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    Virgin Mazda 0w-20 w/moly Idemitsu SN

    I'm <span style="font-style: italic">planning</span> to keep the Moly FF for 6mos(or 7.5K, whichever 1st)/OCI to help seat the ring packs, etc..but I have (3) PE01-14-302 OEM Sky-Activ oil filters coming in by next Fri. One will surely be used before month 6..followed by "Mr Blackstone". <img...
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    Virgin Mazda 0w-20 w/moly Idemitsu SN

    At 475mi currently, I won't be doing it anytime soon..though I plan to get a UOA for sure. Btw, I checked the dipstick this AM. The oil still looks VERY clean (somewhat yellowish green tinge). Fresh-like appearance of oil, the same look of oil on my old 1.8T that is only...15mi old.
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    Grand Total BITOG Member Combined Oil Stash

    I have now a 2014 Mazda 6 Touring 6MT that needs none of my old stash (from my long gone 1.8T Passat). I have a vast stash of GC Castrol 0w30, 12qts of Motul 8100 E-Tech 0w40 Ester based, Mobil 1 EP 15w50s, Valvoline 10w30 5qt jugs, Delo 400 15w40s, Valvoline Maxlife 5w30s & 10w30s (the orig...
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    Virgin Mazda 0w-20 w/moly Idemitsu SN

    I was about to get some Idemitsu 0w20 gal jugs at AutohausAZ...till I stumbled upon this thread. Thank guys for this thread and this Mazda Moly 0w20 info. Looong time, no post for me here at BITOG... <img src="/forums/graemlins/laugh.gif" alt="laugh" title="laugh" height="15" width="15" />...
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    New 2014 Mazda6 - Which oil?

    <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: 147_Grain</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Recommend you change both the oil and filter during the engine break-in process. </div></div> So on what miles then for a full change...I heard some go for 1k, some at halfway @...
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    New 2014 Mazda6 - Which oil?

    Hi Guys! Long time, no post. I used to have a 2000 B5 Passat 1.8T Tip...finally traded it in last 5/18 for a JBM 2014 Mazda 6 Touring 6sp Manual (yes, they do exist). It only has 306mi on the clock currently. I have 6mos for my first Mazda dealer oil change...leaning to the Mazda/Idemitsu 0w20...
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    Rotella T5 for $11.50 gal at Walmart

    I just bought two gal jugs of Rotella T5..confirmed at $11.50 in Los Angeles. Along with it, a lone 5qt Pennzoil Ultra 10w30...$25.
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    Is A3 the right spec for an old Euro?

    I still have two cases of that Classic A3 Delo 15w40..only for top offs on GC (now has Maxlife Syn 5w30) use for my 85k mi ATW.
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    Passat Sludge/Coking Suggestions

    ">> And run the larger filter (forgot the part number). Napa 1333." and Purolator (Mann Hummel) L40316
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    Oil wieght for short trips?

    I run M1 EP 15W50 for my 2000 1.8T Passat. My mileage is a little less than 5k miles a year. Temp-wise, now it's hitting the century mark in Los Angeles... Trips are real local...my work (nurse @ hospital) is but 2 blocks away/4 min tops. I'd rather just walk or ride my bike but since I work at...
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    Good news for Diesel Engines (US)

    Looks like the Odyssey and the Acura MDX would get first dibs for oil burners as an engine option this '09.. <a href="http://www.marketwatch.com/News/Story/Story.aspx?guid=%7BA47EE9B5-71D4-4E06-8F3A-4B608FA52919%7D&siteid=google&print=true&dist=printTop"...
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    I'M A CONVERT - I SEE THE LIGHT!

    <blockquote>quote:<hr />Originally posted by GoldenRod: <strong> <blockquote>quote:<hr />Originally posted by z917990: <strong> Oh well. Thank you for making my car happy and saving my marriage. </strong><hr /></blockquote>GC in the bedroom? <img border="0" title="" alt="[Eek!]"...
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    BITOG March Contest Giveaway

    2,147,051..based on my numerology today. <img border="0" title="" alt="[Big Grin]" src="images/icons/grin.gif" />
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    Who drives a beater?

    <blockquote>quote:<hr />Originally posted by vwoom: <strong> Beater you ask? I have an '84 190E 2.3 TMU on the clock, inherited from my aunt back in 8/03. Invested in new Kumho tires(TireRack), new front ATE discs/brake pads/flush, Hella Euro spec W201 H4 headlights(Ebay), Bosch Plat +4s, thick...
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    Who drives a beater?

    Beater you ask? I have an '84 190E 2.3 TMU on the clock, inherited from my aunt back in 8/03. Invested in new Kumho tires(TireRack), new front ATE discs/brake pads/flush, Hella Euro spec W201 H4 headlights(Ebay), Bosch Plat +4s, thick gauge silicone/Beru plug wires(Ebay), some minor engine...
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