Mazda RX-8 Oil Change Cost

Know what price you should pay to get your vehicle fixed.

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The average cost for a Mazda RX-8 oil change is between $102 and $121. Labor costs are estimated between $35 and $45 while parts are priced between $67 and $76. Estimate does not include taxes and fees.
Note about price: The cost of this service or repair can vary by location, your vehicle's make and model, and even your engine type. Related repairs may also be needed. Talk with a RepairPal Certified shop to learn which repairs might be right for you.

Why are oil changes necessary?

Oil plays a crucial role in protecting the engine’s internal parts from damage, keeping the engine cool and preventing contaminants from accumulating inside the engine. Throughout the normal course of your car’s operation, the oil’s ability to perform these crucial roles is minimized due to contamination from moisture and combustion gases. If you take a lot of short trips where the engine doesn't reach full operating temperature on a regular basis, the oil will become contaminated more rapidly requiring more frequent oil changes.

The oil filter also needs periodic replacement because over time it loses its ability to clean the oil as the engine is operated. If the oil filter is not changed regularly it can degrade and in severe cases even disintegrate, which can plug up oil passages and lead to engine damage or failure.

Can I drive without changing the oil?

It is possible to drive a vehicle without an oil change, but driving a vehicle after the specified service interval has passed is not recommended. Over time engine oil breaks down from use and is contaminated by the combustion process (blow by gasses). The oil and filter should be changed as soon as is convenient to maintain protection of internal engine components.

When is it time for an oil change?

Oil should be changed regularly to prevent internal engine damage and breakdown. Manufacturers differ in their recommended guidelines for how often to change engine oil and oil filters.

The traditional rule of thumb is that engine oil should be changed every 3,000 miles to keep the engine healthy and to prolong its life. Most modern cars do not require the old "3 Months or 3000 Mile" service interval. In some cases it is several times that, but at least once a year is recommended, no matter how little you drive.

Some cars are also equipped with maintenance computers that let you know when the oil life is depleted, or when the specified maintenance interval has passed. This notification can come on more often depending on environment or driving conditions such as towing, or long periods of stop and go traffic.