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I'm gonna do my first oil change on a 2004 I recently bought. Should I use the OEM filter (what I do for my motorcycle)? What brands do you guys like? Any I should avoid? I will be using synthetic oil.
 

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Purolater Is Hands Down Best.
 

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I've always used the OEM filters.

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Holy crap, this is going to get some good responses, lol.

When it comes down to it, its your choice.

Make sure you base your decision on the change interval of your oil, your enviroment and what oil you will be using.

OEM is always a great choice especially if you are under warranty but once you are out, then it doesn't really matter as long as its good.

Bobistheoilguy.com is a great site to check to see whats up in the world of oil and filters.

Pure Gold has been also reported as good yet cost effective.

Mobil1 is good but dang, it is expensive.

Just do yourself a favor, if you choose OEM, buy it in bulk since individual prices suck. My local is like $10 each or $6 each when you buy 10. Thats a $40 savings. This all depends on how long you keep the vehicle too.
 

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Purolater was always ran on my hardbody, really good stuff but on my frontier I used the top of the line NAPA filters. (Gold something or something) Had good luck with them.
 

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For as many different filters that are out there you will probably get that many different opinions. I would use OEM, Purolator, Mobil 1, Wix, Napa Gold (Wix), etc. I have not heard good things about Fram, so use your own judgement on those.
 

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My local dealer charges $10.09 for the 15208-9E000 OEM filter -- but knocks it down to $6.95 each if you buy 3 -- and throws in 3 crush washers at no charge. Not bad. From what I've read, the 9E000 filter is a pretty good filter.
 

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My local dealer charges $10.09 for the 15208-9E000 OEM filter -- but knocks it down to $6.95 each if you buy 3 -- and throws in 3 crush washers at no charge. Not bad. From what I've read, the 9E000 filter is a pretty good filter.
Mine does the same thing, $7 each is reasonable.
We all have our preferences but when it comes down to it who here has had a catastrophic failure due to the filter? Most likely no one.

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thank you all for your responses. Here is another similar question: would the fact that I don't drive much (maybe 5k a year) alter the filter I should use? I usually do 2-3 oil changes a year on my cars (depending on how lazy I am) but for me, it is always a question of time, not miles driven that dictate my changes.
 

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Wix

I don't know if the age of a filter has any effect. I always thought it was miles.
 

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