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Best cheap filter? #5137323 06/18/19 07:37 AM
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This site is funny where guys will go the extra mile to get full synthetic oil for pennies on the dollar (after rebate/promo code) then chew out the next guy who bought a purolator for $3

Surely there's a high quality bang-for-buck filter in the $5 range. I like the $4 Bosch on Amazon. Basically I look for an orange anti drainback valve and if it's around $5 I buy it.


2013 Mazda 3 - Supertech FS 0w20
2005 Honda Odyssey - Supertech FS HM 5w20
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MicroGard, NAPA Pro Select, Fram Extra Guard, Super Tech, etc.

Plenty of good budget filters.


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+1 on the NAPA Pro-Select. Can't beat it for $3.47, and made by the same manufacturer as the OEM (M&H.) In fact, once my stash is gone (I have some earlier WIX and some Champ Labs filters) I'll be swiching to the Pro Select.

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2012 Hyundai Santa Fe, 145,000 miles, Havoline Pro DS Full Syn 10W-30, COS3593A Champion Filter.
2014 Kia Rio, 85,000 miles, Havoline Pro DS Full Syn 5W-30, WIX Filter.
Re: Best cheap filter? [Re: jayjr1105] #5137337 06/18/19 07:48 AM
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Look into the premium guard filters. Very well constructed and often under $2 at RockAuto. I probably have 20 or so in the stash right now. I have cut several open that had over 7K and they held up fantastic.




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Champion labs O.E. non- E core.

This will be what the many fake auto parts stores sell as a store brand.

Always was, always will be.

Next = Fram Extra guard.

Never go anywhere near a cheap Napa or Wix with a combo valve.

Wix/ napa are good in the larger sizes. In small form factors the bese end bypass takes up too much room and you have just sacrificed 1/3 of the filter area to accommodate the base end bypass.


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Re: Best cheap filter? [Re: jayjr1105] #5137344 06/18/19 08:02 AM
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Napa Proselect all day everyday.


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EcoGard Synthetic. Can typically be had for $3-4 on RockAuto. Anytime I buy parts (which has slowed down, I'll admit) I always throw a few in the cart. On Amazon they're typically in the $5-8 range.

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Re: Best cheap filter? [Re: jayjr1105] #5137355 06/18/19 08:23 AM
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Another way to look at being frugal is to use a premium filter for 2 or more ocis. You can buy a $9 M1 and use it for 20k miles. So depending on your liking, say 5k to 10k miles it can last probably 2 to 4 ocis.
Wix Napa Gold can easily last 10k or more in a good clean engine.
All that said the budget filters can be good to for regular ofcis. I'd just stay away from fram tg or eg.

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Fram Ultra, use for two oil changes. $5 per change and a premium filter I trust. That's what I do.


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Re: Best cheap filter? [Re: Pinoak] #5137416 06/18/19 10:11 AM
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Originally Posted by rooflessVW
MicroGard, NAPA Pro Select, Fram Extra Guard, Super Tech, etc.

Plenty of good budget filters.


I thought supertech was a paper filter with paper endcaps, basically something to stay away from?

Originally Posted by Pinoak
Another way to look at being frugal is to use a premium filter for 2 or more ocis. You can buy a $9 M1 and use it for 20k miles. So depending on your liking, say 5k to 10k miles it can last probably 2 to 4 ocis.
Wix Napa Gold can easily last 10k or more in a good clean engine.
All that said the budget filters can be good to for regular ofcis. I'd just stay away from fram tg or eg.


For some reason, the high end filter for two OCI's just doesn't rub me right.


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Originally Posted by sprite1741
Fram Ultra, use for two oil changes. $5 per change and a premium filter I trust. That's what I do.


That's what I'm doing in the Honda, and in the BMW I am doing 25,000 to 30,000 km intervals on the filter (I do the filter on it's own schedule independent of when I change the oil)


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Originally Posted by jayjr1105
Originally Posted by rooflessVW
MicroGard, NAPA Pro Select, Fram Extra Guard, Super Tech, etc.

Plenty of good budget filters.


I thought supertech was a paper filter with paper endcaps, basically something to stay away from?

Originally Posted by Pinoak
Another way to look at being frugal is to use a premium filter for 2 or more ocis. You can buy a $9 M1 and use it for 20k miles. So depending on your liking, say 5k to 10k miles it can last probably 2 to 4 ocis.
Wix Napa Gold can easily last 10k or more in a good clean engine.
All that said the budget filters can be good to for regular ofcis. I'd just stay away from fram tg or eg.


For some reason, the high end filter for two OCI's just doesn't rub me right.


Yes to me its just like washing your best clothes in dirty laundry water.


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Originally Posted by jayjr1105
Originally Posted by rooflessVW
MicroGard, NAPA Pro Select, Fram Extra Guard, Super Tech, etc.

Plenty of good budget filters.


I thought supertech was a paper filter with paper endcaps, basically something to stay away from?

Originally Posted by Pinoak
Another way to look at being frugal is to use a premium filter for 2 or more ocis. You can buy a $9 M1 and use it for 20k miles. So depending on your liking, say 5k to 10k miles it can last probably 2 to 4 ocis.
Wix Napa Gold can easily last 10k or more in a good clean engine.
All that said the budget filters can be good to for regular ofcis. I'd just stay away from fram tg or eg.


For some reason, the high end filter for two OCI's just doesn't rub me right.

Bosch, Purolator stp, carquest, Napa pre select, microguard, motorcraft. The list of budget filters is long. I've haven't used all of the budget brands to speak of experience from. I can tell you I personally have never had a failed filter per say. The only one I just hated was the Fram EG. Because of its absolute all around flimsy construction. Other than that I can't say I've had any serious complaints.

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The only failed filter I saw was the Supertech (Made by WIX at the time.) It was on the truck for 7,900 miles (my neighbors.) Had some small tears in the media near the base. Definitely not the filters fault, it should not have been on for more than 5K. The Nissan Frontier was used in a business and pulled an overloaded trailer. Very tough duty for that filter.


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2014 Kia Rio, 85,000 miles, Havoline Pro DS Full Syn 5W-30, WIX Filter.
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I avoid anything with a combo ADBV/Bypass valve.


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