I have a 2008 mazda 5 and it calls for at MV mazda fluid however, it is a Ford transmission in it. Is there any real difference between the too? I realize there probably isn't but I am a purist when it comes to my vehicles. It's just easier to get my hands on mercon v than the MV. Thanks in...
Also check out this bottle of tranny fluid. It give you an idea of what's compatible with M-5. Don't fall for branding tricks.
I would suggest the valvoline maxlife - cheap at Walmart. I don't agree with the other poster about OEM, that is what has caused problems previously with our Mazda5, dealer had to replace the tranny under warranty. But it was the first generation tranny (2006). Been using after-market ever since with no issues - but it is not-life time as Mazda would have you believe.
Mazda obvs doesn't produce it's own oil, Idemitsu is an an actual Japanese oil refinery, so I went with the Idemitsu which also happens to be the cheapest per quart delivered. There's no doubt in my mind Beck/Arnley is rebadging Idemitsu, but I'm not going to send any oil out for testing.