Ok, let me preface this by saying that I have read a few posts that people have said yeah, no prob at all and others that say ok to use unless your engine hoses, dealer will not honor warranty.
Let me run this by you guys to see if this makes any sense at all or if I'm way off base.
Bought the car new in June 05(Toyota Matrix XR 1.8L 1zz engine) At about 2800 miles I brought it to a Mobil One joint up the street from my house for the first oil change(mind you all this was pre-BITOG for me)They changed out the factory fill and put in 5W30 Mobil One and a standard white Mobil filter part #4477. Now the standard for the 1zz is 14476 right? So in other words the larger filter for the 2zz was put on correct?
Let me just say that with the 4477 filter on the car it seemed to be quieter, smoother and peppier than when I had the OEM and the factory fill. At about 8000 I took it to the dealer for another issue and had them do an oil change since I was there anyways. I gave them 4 quarts of Pennz Plat and they put on a OEM filter. For whatever reason after the change the car felt less peppy and noiser to me....very strange since all they did was change the oil! I began to think that maybe it was the Pennz that my Matrix was rejecting so I swapped it out with Mobil 1 again and this time a Mobil 1 M-103 filter(stock OEM size- same as 14476) Still felt rougher than with the first Mobil 1 fill.
My last OIC I did myself with a 14476 and GC. Car still never has recaptured that smooth feeling that I had with the M4477 filter and the first fill of Mobil 1.
I just doing some searching on here tonight and I just realized that the only diff between that first OIC and all the others was the size of the oil filter! Now I may be really reaching here but do you guys think that the size of the oil filter can make a difference in the feel or sound of the engine??
I guess this was a real long winded way of asking for reassurance that I can use a 14477 instead of a 14476 in my Trix
I plan on trying one for my next change to see if I can recapture that nice smooth feeling and not as noisey engine(lifters, valve noise etc)as I had with the plain jane Mobil 4477 filter
My wife is looking at me real funny as I'm asking this question