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I went to Subaru yesterday to buy a oil filter and I didn't know they were closed on Saturdays, (the parts dept.). Toyota parts dept is always open on Saturday's (since I used to own a 4Runner), so I assumed Subaru would be open.

ANYWAYS, I need to change my oil since this Wednesday I wanted to take my car to the drags. SO I did some research on Oil Filters and this is what I came up with.

Edit: Made glossary for listed oil filter part #'s:

PureONE PL14460
Purolator Oil Filter L14460
OEM - 15208AA060 - Made by Purolator
K&N - HP-1004
Amsoil - SDF-20
Mobil 1- M1-104
Trak Auto M4460
Wix 51334
Fram 3593A
 

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I found out the same thing on my trip to Trak Auto after forgetting to buy a filter from the dealership across the street. :mad:

And don't forget the Trak Auto brand is M4460

The funny part is that I think that's the same filter my Civic used. So the one or two I have tucked away somewhere for my civic I no longer own can now go on my WRX.

And changing the oil on this car is the easiest I've ever experienced (aside from my truck which was easy because you could slide under the truck without jacks). All of it is accessable from the front of the car, no jacks, jackstands, etc needed.
 

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You're right. I have been changing the oil in my gf's 91 civic and I have been too lazy to take the oil to the recyclers. So I also have a few of the old oil filters from her car in my parents garage. I noticed they were the same P/N as the one for my REX. Now I can go out and buy a whole case. :D :D :D :D

Yipeeeeee.
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don't buy FRAM. they are the shoddiest filter on the market. purolator is good. Wix is better. ProTec is okay too.

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don't buy FRAM. they are the shoddiest filter on the market.
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Why do you say that? My family has been using Fram for 30 years or so (me, my dad, my brother(s), etc). Never had an issue with them. Plus they're made by Allied Signal.... they make tons of car stuff. And my dad used to work for their ASW division.
 

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I have also been using FRAM for a long of time on all of my cars and never had a problem. And on the I-club, they slam FRAM a lot too. I have to go search different stores for anything else but FRAM. It is convienient to buy FRAM oil filters. I don't have all the time in the world to drive across town looking for other Oil Filters. It's just a personal preference to what someone likes to use anyways.

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we recieve alll sorts of product review and testing at the store. when we have to decide whihc products to stock, we use that first and foremost along with jobber pricing and deals from the warehouse.

the basic things for an oil filter is type of cardboard or filtering material; consistency and number of ridges; lower seal type, quality, size and position; and the fitment of the actual filter inside the metal can.

FRAM has the highest particle pass thorugh rates, and has the lowest quality cardboard. the ridges look hand folded, the seal is plastic not rubber, and it fits very loosely in the canister.

at 3000 miles, a FRAM is shot. a wix, purolator, Protec are all dirty, but still hold water and didn't begin lesser filtering 1K miles ago.

Allied Signal is a good company, but they bought FRAM as a capital expansion years ago. their core was making lenses, bulbs and flashers.

It's just a personal preference to what someone likes to use anyways
yeah, that's really the long and short of it.

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oem oil filter?

Hi,

how does the oem filter stack up against the purolator, wix, etc? it's kind of a bother getting to a subie dealership (at least more so than getting to my local autozone or t.a.), so if there isn't any diff, I would just as soon go with a purolater.

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FILTER NUMBERS

Purolator

PART TYPE PART #
PureONE PL14460
Oil Filter L14460
Air Filter A24278
Fuel Filter F54668

Wix
PART TYPE PART #
Air Filter 46116
Fuel Filter 33558
Oil Filter 51334
 

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I've been using the Bosch filter. Nobody around my area carries the puralator for the WRX and it was discontinued at Pep Boys.
 

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darkrex,
Thanks for the P/N#'s and adding those to this list.
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Anyone know where I could buy a bunch of oil filters in bulk. Like 20 at time for cheaper than one per purchase?

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try ordering them through the company's website. i know most manufacturerrs are drop shipping. if not the manufacturer, i would try to call a refional or local distributor. a large national distributor with regional presence is MAWDI. giv e them a shot, i'm not sure where their western regional centers are though.

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PEP Boys brand same as Purolator filter

Fact, not friction...sorry, couldn't resist.

Anyway, an independent shopper (some old cat shopping for an oil filter at Pep Boys) showed me that the store brand filter was the exact same one as the Purolator Pure One filter. Check the markings. The only difference on mine was the color of the o-ring seal.

The savings was close to 50%.

;) I still buy the Pure One. Just habit. $5.00 filter versus how much for a new motor? Sometimes saving pennies can cost you dollars.

Yes, I'm also an old dude.

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This site seems available on an unpredictable basis but it is a filter study done by an engineer where he cut the filters open and examines the build quality and other parameters. His opinion from his studies are that Fram filters are very poor in quality and construction. The site is www.frankhunt.com/FRANK/corvette/articles/oilfilterstudy/oilfilterstudy.html. Purolator got pretty good reviews from him for their filters and I think that he found that the PepBoys brand is the same as their regular filter not the PureOne.

As long as we are on the topic of filters, have any of you auto trans owners bought a replacement ATF filter from Subaru? I went in to my dealer and decided to pick one up for when I change my fluid. The filter looks just like a smaller version of the oil filter. And the price...more than $35:eek: :eek: . Has this stupid filter got platinum material in it or something? Why so expensive? Now spending $9 on a better oil filter sounds almost reasonable.

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I personally use Purolators on my WRX. They have been tested to hold their own very well. Pure one is even better.

Just to add a few more good oil filters,

OEM - 15208AA060 - Made by Purolator
K&N - HP-1004
Amsoil - SDF-20
Mobil 1- M1-104
 

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Ill be using either the pure one or mobile 1 filters. i will also be using a magnetic heat sink for the filter which dissipates heat and attracts metal fragments.
 

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Need4Boost: Are you sure of those numbers? I really like K&N and Mobil1 filters but I haven't been able to find confirmation from the companies that any of their existing filters fit. I even compared the K&Ns to the Purolator 14460 in the store and the filter rubber seal diameter didn't look exactly the same. If the part numbers are correct for the WRX that would be great:) I have been looking for this information for a long time (Well, a few months anyway).

Nexus6: do those magnetic heat-sinks work? I have seen them advertised but was skeptical as to their effectiveness.

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