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#349305 - 02/22/06 03:19 AM NAPA Gold vs. WIX>?
ULVER Offline


Registered: 09/21/04
Posts: 502
Loc: Atlanta, Ga.
I know that NAPA filters are made by WIX, but I was curious if the NAPA Gold, and the WIX, are the EXACT same filter, or if there are differences? [Confused]

If so, which would you choose and why? Both are the same price here, basically.

Thanks for the help... [Smile]

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#349306 - 02/22/06 03:58 AM Re: NAPA Gold vs. WIX>?
TomH Offline


Registered: 10/08/04
Posts: 391
Loc: Richmond, VA
Except for the differences in can colors you sometimes find, IIRC, they are the exact same filters internally.

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#349307 - 02/22/06 06:57 PM Re: NAPA Gold vs. WIX>?
kanling Offline


Registered: 07/17/05
Posts: 1088
Loc: Baltimore, MD
The common wisdom on here says they are the same, exactly. From pictures I have seen they are exactly the same in construction. It could be that the media is slightly different, but I think BITOG would have figured that out a while ago if true.

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#349308 - 02/22/06 07:12 PM Re: NAPA Gold vs. WIX>?
Footpounds Offline


Registered: 05/25/05
Posts: 534
Loc: DFW Texas
Reason for choosing one over the other? For me it is purely convenience. There is a NAPA Auto Parts close to me. I would have to drive a bit if I wanted to get a WIX brand.

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#349309 - 02/23/06 12:08 AM Re: NAPA Gold vs. WIX>?
Russ300H Offline


Registered: 04/09/05
Posts: 491
Loc: Massachusetts
If you're as nuts as the rest of us around here, you could check out Filter1 (www.filter1.com) and put together an order of six or more WIX filters totalling over $50. Their prices are about 40% of NAPA's on average, they ship to your door for free and there is no sales tax. You can order less, but then you pay shipping.

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#349310 - 02/23/06 06:02 AM Re: NAPA Gold vs. WIX>?
Roger Offline


Registered: 06/11/02
Posts: 665
Loc: Fort Smith, AR
I mix and match Wix air filters in with the oil filters at F1 to get the minimum 6 to order too. Their air filters are darn good....and also 40% below local prices. I've found local retail prices for Wix to be less than NAPA Gold filters as it is. So it's even a LOT less at Filter1.

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#349311 - 02/23/06 11:35 AM Re: NAPA Gold vs. WIX>?
Ross Offline


Registered: 09/10/02
Posts: 698
Loc: Bismarck, ND
I recently purchased several napa gold filters online, and the price per filter with shipping was around $3.50. www.fleetfilter.com

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#349312 - 02/24/06 08:37 AM Re: NAPA Gold vs. WIX>?
Pete C. Offline


Registered: 01/18/05
Posts: 938
Loc: Zip 28056
There are a few very obvious differences...

The name
The color
The graphics
The distribution network.
The pricing
The part numbers

So other than that they are identical in every other way.
[Duh!]

PS next time you visit Charlotte, see the Wix plant on the left about 18 miles North of the SC NC border. Big sign sez Wix right there on it.

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#349313 - 02/24/06 08:53 AM Re: NAPA Gold vs. WIX>?
MADMIKE Offline


Registered: 02/14/05
Posts: 649
Loc: RHODE ISLAND
Pete C--What about the NAPA Nascar select? Where does that fit in? Is it just a NAPA Proselect with the Nascar name on the canister? Thanks!

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#349314 - 02/23/06 09:51 PM Re: NAPA Gold vs. WIX>?
Pete C. Offline


Registered: 01/18/05
Posts: 938
Loc: Zip 28056
It' fits in between.

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#349315 - 02/24/06 12:01 AM Re: NAPA Gold vs. WIX>?
MADMIKE Offline


Registered: 02/14/05
Posts: 649
Loc: RHODE ISLAND
So it's actually better (different internally) than a Proselect but not as good as a NAPA Gold quality-wise? (is the only difference that gimmicky "spin-flow" collar around the base of the filter medium or are there other more meaningful differences such as a better filter medium?) Thanks for any info you can provide from the inside!

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#349316 - 02/24/06 01:16 AM Re: NAPA Gold vs. WIX>?
Pete C. Offline


Registered: 01/18/05
Posts: 938
Loc: Zip 28056
The spin flow system does work, it breaks up the laminar flow across the element. Much the same as all those wavy fins in your radiator do to airflow. And yes to your other questions.

I'm Not gonna tell ya what laminar flow is. [I dont know]

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#349317 - 02/24/06 01:34 AM Re: NAPA Gold vs. WIX>?
MADMIKE Offline


Registered: 02/14/05
Posts: 649
Loc: RHODE ISLAND
Thanks Pete--I knew you had it in ya!

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#3991702 - 01/27/16 11:29 AM Re: NAPA Gold vs. WIX>? [Re: ULVER]
240DL Offline


Registered: 12/14/12
Posts: 3
Loc: Virginia
Fleet Filter did a dissection that can be seen at the below link.

http://www.fleetfilter.com/comparison-wix-filter.html

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#3991859 - 01/27/16 02:28 PM Re: NAPA Gold vs. WIX>? [Re: 240DL]
2015_PSD Offline


Registered: 09/26/10
Posts: 5841
Loc: SE Texas
Originally Posted By: 240DL
Fleet Filter did a dissection that can be seen at the below link. http://www.fleetfilter.com/comparison-wix-filter.html
According to this they are not exactly the same despite being made on the same line, etc. The NAPA Gold is the better filter (at least in this comparison):

- Media pleats are 58 for the NG versus 56 for the WIX
- Media height is 3.73" for the NG versus 3.655" for the WIX
- Media length is 82" for the NG versus 79.75" for the WIX
- Media area is 305.86" for the NG versus 291.49" for the WIX
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