I have to order the mazda moly from the US. I'm fortunate to live in Vancouver so I have it shipped to the WA border and I make the 40 minute drive down to pick it up.Damn man sorry bout that I didn't know its not up there. Is there more to this or is it that they don't order it up there ? or is it the "POLITICS" ? :argh 1:
Agreed to this %100.. Im not sure why everyone hates on Fram filters. I didnt use one on my 3 because all the local o reileys had was a mobile but My previous vehicle always had fram filters and motocraft oil has 300,000 miles on the original motor does not leak or smoke at all. Its all down to actually changing your oil regularly IMHO and using LucasI always substitute 1 Quart of oil with 1 Quart of Lucas Oil Stabilizer.
Because at the end of the day, the manufacturer chooses the final product (the oil filter in this case) based on many different reasons. The BEST filtration is not always the goal for them. They choose a filter with "good enough" filtering ability, built by the lowest bidder and call it a day because the engine will be "just fine".Jaysus this is a never ending quandary spread equally across other car forums as well. If the OEM filter is good enough for the carmaker who made the engine in first place, why do car owners keep feeling the need to second guess their decision.
I'd say it's a pretty damn good filter. Calling it good enough is an insult.The oem filter is good enough. I've tried other brands but didn't notice any difference.
Nail hit on the head! Yes the manufacturer chooses the filter with many factors considered, including price. We don't really know how the aftermarket filters do in the only valid comparison, the ASTM test efficiency results. That is why I use Pure1 or the Bosch filters that achieve 99% score in those tests. The most important thing that differentiates filter manufacurers is the filter media (paper) and that is why the big filter companies do best in balancing out filtering quality with the other factors. The Mazda filter might be as good as the Pure1 or Bosch premium, but not likely better.Because at the end of the day, the manufacturer chooses the final product (the oil filter in this case) based on many different reasons. The BEST filtration is not always the goal for them. They choose a filter with "good enough" filtering ability, built by the lowest bidder and call it a day because the engine will be "just fine".
There are other brands (Mobil 1's oil filter comes to mind) that build a filter for maximum filtration, where price doesn't matter because people will still buy it.
Having said that, although I'm sure there might be better filters out there, I personally choose to stick with Mazda's filter because it seems so well made. I LOVE the packaging it comes in (the little plastic protector just screams quality) and feel that it's a very good option for my car.
I'd say it's a pretty damn good filter. Calling it good enough is an insult.