Mazda has provided two recommended schedules of time and mileage for vehicle maintenance.  The appropriate schedule is determined by the driving conditions in which the vehicle is operated.

As many of the unique driving conditions listed below exist in the Washington DC metro area, Mazda recommends that Schedule 2 time or mileage should be followed to properly maintain your vehicle.

Schedule 1
Normal Driving Conditions
6-month / 7,500-mile interval

Schedule 2
Unique Driving Conditions
4-month / 5,000-mile interval


Follow Schedule 2 if any of the following driving conditions apply:

Driving for long periods in cold temperatures or extremely humid conditions 

Driving in extremely hot conditions 

Extended periods of idling or low-speed operation

Driving in areas where salt or other corrosive materials are used

Repeated short-distance driving

Driving with extended use of brakes 

 Driving on rough or muddy roads 

Driving in dusty conditions

Driving in mountainous conditions continually
Most car owners believe in following a strict mileage schedule for routine maintenance like oil changes.  Mileage is only part of the recommendation. 

In the Unique Driving Conditions of our area, following the 4-month time interval is the most effective way to properly maintain your vehicleIf you drive more than 15,000 miles annually, you will need to follow the recommended mileage interval.

When choosing between time and mileage, please remember the most important element is time,

Thank you,

Shane Varanelli