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Stick with OEM or try aftermarket? #5218995 09/21/19 04:25 PM
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Hello, I've just recently started doing my own oil changes and have used the OEM oil filter. The car has a bit of age now and has a lot of miles (258,000+) on it as well. It has used only OEM oil filters, also including prior to me changing the oil.

I'm just curious if it's worth it to try aftermarket oil filters or just stick with what has been working so far. I really don't have a reason to use aftermarket; I guess I'm just a bit curious too see how they would perform. On the other hand, one could say that since OEM is working, why go through the hassle to see if other filters do as good of a job? I don't have any preferences but have bought a few aftermarket oil filters to try out. Guess I'm bored or w/e but is it worth trying out new filters or stick with what has been working?

You guys have more experience than I so just wondering.

Re: Stick with OEM or try aftermarket? [Re: Nav45] #5218998 09/21/19 04:26 PM
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Who is the OEM?


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Re: Stick with OEM or try aftermarket? [Re: GumbyJarvis] #5219000 09/21/19 04:27 PM
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Originally Posted by GumbyJarvis
Who is the OEM?

Heh, should've mentioned it. Car is a 2008 Mazda 3. Thanks.

Re: Stick with OEM or try aftermarket? [Re: Nav45] #5219005 09/21/19 04:29 PM
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Does yours use the LF05-14-302B spin on or the L321-14-302A-9U cartridge filter? They cross over to Motorcraft FL-910S and FL-2017B respectively.

Those are nice cars, I always like the 3's in those years.


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Re: Stick with OEM or try aftermarket? [Re: Nav45] #5219009 09/21/19 04:31 PM
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Hi bdcardinal, it uses the LF05-14-302B filter. I am with you on that one - I really like the car and glad it has done so well. That is my favorite Mazda 3 generation by far.

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Re: Stick with OEM or try aftermarket? [Re: Nav45] #5219017 09/21/19 04:40 PM
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Originally Posted by Nav45
I'm just a bit curious too see how they would perform.


Not being snarky, but how would you know?

Re: Stick with OEM or try aftermarket? [Re: chainblu] #5219018 09/21/19 04:42 PM
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Originally Posted by chainblu
Originally Posted by Nav45
I'm just a bit curious too see how they would perform.


Not being snarky, but how would you know?

I would guess by the way the car performs and if it does or does not exhibit any strange behaviors out of the "norm."

Re: Stick with OEM or try aftermarket? [Re: Nav45] #5219034 09/21/19 05:05 PM
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Originally Posted by Nav45
Originally Posted by chainblu
Originally Posted by Nav45
I'm just a bit curious too see how they would perform.


Not being snarky, but how would you know?

I would guess by the way the car performs and if it does or does not exhibit any strange behaviors out of the "norm."


I’m willing to bet that if you simply removed the filter, you would not perceive any performance change, nor strange behaviors.

So, I think your criteria for filter performance is specious, at best.

Honestly, most filters will be good enough. OEM will be fine.


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Re: Stick with OEM or try aftermarket? [Re: Nav45] #5219093 09/21/19 06:44 PM
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There is nothing wrong at all with Mazda OEM oil filters. Most all OEM filters perform well. You won't go wrong by continuing to use the OEM filter.

But if you would like to try something else, the Fram Ultra XG3614 is a great filter. The Wix 51348 is also a good choice. Both are readily available. You won't have to search for them or special order them from an exclusive salesperson.


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Re: Stick with OEM or try aftermarket? [Re: Astro14] #5219103 09/21/19 06:58 PM
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Originally Posted by Astro14
I’m willing to bet that if you simply removed the filter, you would not perceive any performance change, nor strange behaviors.


At least not until all the oil puked out the filter mount. laugh

Re: Stick with OEM or try aftermarket? [Re: Nav45] #5219134 09/21/19 07:36 PM
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If you have gone 258,000 miles using oem filters, why would you try anything else now?

Re: Stick with OEM or try aftermarket? [Re: Nav45] #5219184 09/21/19 08:13 PM
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Any Wix or Fram

Re: Stick with OEM or try aftermarket? [Re: GumbyJarvis] #5219190 09/21/19 08:22 PM
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Toyo-roki was the OEM supplier for most of the Mazda oil filters at least up until 2015ish. If they still are I would keep with them, they are good filters.

Re: Stick with OEM or try aftermarket? [Re: ZeeOSix] #5219266 09/21/19 09:50 PM
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Originally Posted by ZeeOSix
Originally Posted by Astro14
I’m willing to bet that if you simply removed the filter, you would not perceive any performance change, nor strange behaviors.


At least not until all the oil puked out the filter mount. laugh


Sorry, thought this one was a cartridge.


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Re: Stick with OEM or try aftermarket? [Re: atikovi] #5219348 09/22/19 12:52 AM
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Originally Posted by atikovi
If you have gone 258,000 miles using oem filters, why would you try anything else now?


He’s done it without knowing about bitog. Poor guy, he’s going down the rabbit hole of “no more oil changes for the next 7500 miles” and the next day he’s changing the oil and filter to try smth new

OP, before it’s too late - delete your account on bitog and return to your normal life. I’ve been buying oil and filters nonstop since I’ve joined the bitog. Trust me, you won’t stop after trying some aftermarket filter. One day you’ll wake up with a stash of oil, filter and other parts (just like I did)
You’ve been warned

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