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Which oil change plan are you going to follow, flexible or fixed

The fixed maintenance in US and Canada is once every 4 months or 5000 miles/8000 kilometers. The flexible maintenance however calculates oil life based on your driving and will illuminate a wrench icon when its time for a change. I think for me the flexible plan is the way to go, right now it still shows 100% oil life after almost a month and about 700 miles. Yeah I haven't driven it much lol.

The only disclaimer for the flexible plan is that you must use genuine Mazda oil, which is what I'm planning on anyway by having it serviced at a Mazda dealer.

Just wondering what you all are deciding.
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What is the disadvantage of the flexible plan? Seems like the more convenient and, well, "flexible" approach.
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I got the lifetime oil changes, So I am with the fixed program.
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This is a good question. I only drive 4k miles per year. Seems silly to change oil after only 1-2k miles on it. I may just do every 6 months. BMW would only service my old x1 once over the 33 months and 13k miles I had it lol.
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Definitely seems more convenient, I don't know if there is a disadvantage.
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How can you only travel 4k a year,impossible
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How can you only travel 4k a year,impossible
I can see that being the case for someone who mostly takes transit to work as for some that makes more sense and/or those that don't need to travel far often.

I know i'd easily run through 15k.
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How can you only travel 4k a year,impossible
I typically only drive to work (8 miles round trip = 40 miles per week) and a few errands here and there. Seattle is very compact. I usually walk everywhere on the weekends. And I travel out (via plane) of Seattle many timers per year - currently in Asia for 3 weeks as I type this.
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How can you only travel 4k a year,impossible
Not when you're RETIRED.
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My CX3 is a LEASE and the dealer has it on the FIXED plan, which, considering how few miles I'll put on it on a yearly basis is really a waste of resources AND my money. But, it is 6 months or 5,000 miles and the cost of an oil change/filter at this dealer is $34.95, which if they're using the Castrol synthetic 0-20 for the change isn't a bad price.

As a point of reference, my FIAT 500 Abarth and/or my FIAT 500 Pop with synthetic Pennzoil and MoPar filter were/are $69.95 per change.

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