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Old 03-17-2002, 06:48 PM   #1
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Default oil filter from dealer or from auto parts

I've been buying my oil filter for my WRX from the dealer, but it is so expensive compare to pep boys (dealer $9, pep boy $3.5). What do you guys think? Which one have you been using? At pep boys, they don't 02 catalog yet but I thing 01 2.5rs has the same oil filter. Am I right? Thanks guys
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Old 03-17-2002, 07:48 PM   #2
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The one from the dealership is a rebadged Purloater . Save your money, get if from the local shop .

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Old 03-18-2002, 09:06 AM   #3
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i get mine from my dealer and they're always in stock unlike other places i've gone.
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Old 03-18-2002, 01:49 PM   #4
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Default The retail Purolator is not the same

The retail Purolator filter is different from the OEM version. I don't know if it's better or worse, but it's quite different.

One thing to consider when using a non-OEM filter is warranty coverage. I once had a filter seal leak and had the car towed to the dealer. I had to pay for the towing and for the dealer work only because the oil filter was non-OEM. If I used the OEM filter, everything would have been free.

You can get the OEM oil filters mail order for about $4.50, which is not much more than the aftermarket ones. I just get a box of them, along with crush washers for the drain plug. Try subaruparts.com, newsubaru.com, etc.
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Old 03-18-2002, 06:07 PM   #5
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I totally agreed with vvk. Maybe there is a technical reason why the OEM Purolator filter is different from the retail version. Just get a full case of OEM oil filters from an online source. Then you don't have to worry about any potential problem.
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Old 03-18-2002, 07:52 PM   #6
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I agree, buy OEM. Find another way to save money.
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Old 03-18-2002, 08:48 PM   #7
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Question How would a oil filter void a warranty?

From the filters I've used, it seems the oem filter is on par with a radioactive fram.

The K&N filter seems to have the least turbulence and and largest capacity.

I doubt a filter would void the warranty. It would have to be something you did to cause damage to the motor, but then they'd have to prove the product or the installation caused a malfunction.

If this rule didn't exist then no one could work on your car unless they were an approved subaru technision. IE, no one could work on their own car.

Thus simply changing the oil by yourself should void the warranty.
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Old 03-18-2002, 09:16 PM   #8
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go to the dealership in fullerton and say that you are from i-club. They give me a 10% off when i say that. It usually runs me about 5 dollars for the oem filter.
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Old 03-18-2002, 11:00 PM   #9
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I ordered half a dozen OEM filters from subaruparts.com. By ordering quantity, you don't get nailed so hard for shipping. Even if you had to pay $12 for an oil filter, think about how much that is per mile. It's a heck of a lot less than the difference between regular and premium fuel. Do you run low octane gas in your turbo-charged car? Probably not.
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