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Do you run cheap, mid grade or premium filters? #4575808
11/16/17 08:39 AM
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ZZman Offline OP
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Most of my life I could have cared less and used whatever the oil change place used. Now that I do my own I almost always use premium filters.


2003 Mercury Grand Marquis. PP HM 5w-30 and Fram Ultra
2008 Sebring Hardtop convertible. PP HM 5w-30 and Fram Ultra
2006 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 LT. Motul 7100 10w-40 and K&N
Re: Do you run cheap, mid grade or premium filters? [Re: ZZman] #4575813
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ON, Canada eh?
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Amsoil Premium filters but I use them for 2 oil changes. Been doing this for over a decade and have great UOA's.


'18 Dodge Grand Caravan GT - AMSOIL SS 5w20
'06 Santa Fe - 535,000km AMSOIL SS 0w30 / ATF
Re: Do you run cheap, mid grade or premium filters? [Re: ZZman] #4575815
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I use a Fram Ultra because it is the best bang for the buck. At 9 dollars, and used for two OCIs, I don't think there's a filter out there with it's efficiency ratings at $4.50 per OCI.

Re: Do you run cheap, mid grade or premium filters? [Re: ZZman] #4575838
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For me price is king. Whatever I find that is cheap and it doesn't tear. I am stocked up for years with Fram Tough Guard and Ultras, also some Bosch Distance Plus, all bought on sale. I have used SuperTech filters with good results. I will never pay full price for premium filters.

Let's see, I had a Honda Accord with almost 400k that the engine still ran good, but it failed emissions and looked like [censored] so I retired it, ran SuperTech and Fram orange cans on it.

The other one is a Dodge Sprinter, I use Fram, Mann and Hengst cartridge filters based on the price I can buy them at, currently at 774k miles, I sent a few oil samples to Blackstone and the results were better than their average. Van still running strong with no engine issues to date.


2015 Mercedes Sprinter, 2.1 4cyl diesel, 42k
2011 Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen TDI, 100k
2004 Dodge Sprinter 2.7 5cyl diesel,779k
Except for chainsaws and lawnmowers, no sparkplugs needed in my stable.
Re: Do you run cheap, mid grade or premium filters? [Re: ZZman] #4575839
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For short oil changes (2K-4K) where I know I'm not doubling up with the filter, I'd go with a less expensive filter ($2-$3).

Otherwise I go with a Fram UG (or equivalent) for multiple OCI's.


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2001 Lincoln Cont 4.6L DOHC/ 39K mi / QS HM 5w30 / FUG XG2
1999 Camaro SS M6 /19K /Mobil 1 0w40 /Fram UG /GM MTL-ATF
1969 Ply GTX/RRs
Re: Do you run cheap, mid grade or premium filters? [Re: ZZman] #4575841
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I have always bought the more expensive ones, like the mobil 1, or ultras. I figure most everyone will spend more in one day at the snack or soda machine at work than they would save on going 3 dollars cheaper on a filter that gets changed twice a year. My last purchases were the napa platinum for my truck and wifes daily driver buick. Have to wait till spring to see how they held up.


1998 Chevy w/t 1500 4.3
2004 Buick Lesabre 3.8
2006 Gmc envoy xl 5.3
Re: Do you run cheap, mid grade or premium filters? [Re: ZZman] #4575844
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Manufacturer filters for me. In my case thatíll be Motorcraft.


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Re: Do you run cheap, mid grade or premium filters? [Re: ZZman] #4575856
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Some here would say I use an "inefficient" oil filter because I use Denso products. They have worked for me for many years and don't ruminate on filter efficiency, micron rating,number of pleats, et.al.

Re: Do you run cheap, mid grade or premium filters? [Re: ZZman] #4575864
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Not sure it matters. I mean, tons of taxis made huge miles on cheap conventional and frequent changes with the cheapest oil & filters.

Right now I buy Denso's as I can order a box of them for each vehicle and it's $4 per filter. Cheap, meets OEM requirements. What more could I want? Odds are I'll get rid of the vehicle before the engine is worn out.

One vehicle gets an oil change every other year, one gets at least 3 changes, and the last one is running at 5 changes per year. Starting to border on where cost matters. If I go back to 5k OCI's it would.


2011 Toyota Camry, base, 2.5L/6MT, 170k, hers
2010 Toyota Tundra DC, 4.6L/6AT, 144k, ours
1999 Toyota Camry LE, 2.2L/4AT, 195k, his
Re: Do you run cheap, mid grade or premium filters? [Re: ZZman] #4575874
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I'm going with Fram Ultra's now and running them for 2 OCIs going up to 24-28k km. We do mostly hwy miles so I think I'm on track to having the motor still outlasting the rest of the car.


07 Focus ZXW, 5spd manual, 218km M1 5W30
18 Outback 2.5 CVT 15km 0W20
Re: Do you run cheap, mid grade or premium filters? [Re: ZZman] #4575876
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Motorcraft, WIX or NAPA Gold


2013 KIA Optima EX 2.4L. Now: QSUD 5W30 & STP S2808ML
2017 Ford Escape SE 2.0T Now: Mobil 1 5W30 & NAPA Gold 1348
Re: Do you run cheap, mid grade or premium filters? [Re: ZZman] #4575885
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Originally Posted By: ZZman
Most of my life I could have cared less and used whatever the oil change place used. Now that I do my own I almost always use premium filters.


I've gone the opposite route. I'm now tuned-in to having a little more oil flow and the Fram EG provides that. Hoping to see their silicone ADBV soon. By April 1st anyways. That's when I'll be removing the current Fram Ultra, which I feel is too restrictive for my 2004 GM.

I ran the AC Delco for years. But nowadays, AC Delco seems to have cheapened the product. I've tried all the mid-tier ones and like the Wix best. I'll try the WIX economy filter someday. As long as their isn't any spring inside that filter. GM models (my 2004 era) have their own bypass system built-in. I don't need filters with the spring bypass.

Last edited by Triple_Se7en; 11/16/17 09:57 AM.

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Re: Do you run cheap, mid grade or premium filters? [Re: ZZman] #4575894
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Ran extra guards for years but the last few have been exclusively ultras. Cheaper than the other "premium" filters and I run them in my Tb past 20,000km.


2006 Trailblazer LT. QSUD with Fram Ultra.
2017 Ram 3500 SLT Megacab. Duron SHP 10w30 with Hastings LF608.
1993 GMC 1500. QSAD with Fram PH5
Re: Do you run cheap, mid grade or premium filters? [Re: ZZman] #4575904
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If they filter at 99% + at 20 microns and are on sale they are premium filters. Personally for my purpose right now with the current prices available the Fram Tough Guard is pretty hard to beat. My filter size is $6.64 at Walmart so now I'm waiting on a sale.

Last edited by JohnnyJohnson; 11/16/17 10:19 AM.

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Re: Do you run cheap, mid grade or premium filters? [Re: ZZman] #4575918
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Motorcraft and Purolator exclusively.


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