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Old 12-30-2002, 06:23 PM   #1
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Post nearly time to change the oil, need some help and advise

hey all.
i'm stumped, i'm about 2000 kms away from an oil and filter change.
what oil and filter is best, some of the ti\hings i had in mind were
mobil 1 full synthetic, or penzoil or something.
i havn't a clue, please help
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Old 12-30-2002, 08:42 PM   #2
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I use Mobil 1synthetic.
I am not sure of what oil filter is "more efficient."
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Old 12-30-2002, 09:04 PM   #3
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i use syn mobil 1 5-30 and boshc filter, got a good word out of the filter, and have 14 years of exp using mobil 1, all good
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Old 12-30-2002, 09:07 PM   #4
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Default I have spent tons of time looking at this...

After spending a bunch of time, here are my conclusions:

-The Subaru OEM filter is made by Purolator (in the US) and is pretty darn good. If the OEM Subaru filters in NZ come from Japan...they are very good!
-Other good and reasonably priced filters are Purolator, WIX and NAPA Gold.
-High end filters that are quite good are Mobil1 and Amsoil.

Personally, I am using the OEM Subaru filter. Reference: http://www.dorianyeager.com/oilfilterstudy1.html

-I assume: 1) you want something better than dino oil and 2) you want something that performs well in hot and cols weather.
-Reference: http://theoildrop.server101.com/cgi/ultimatebb.cgi
-Mobil1 can be purchased about anywhere and is very good for the price.
-High end are: Redline, Royal Purple, Amsoil, and Motul. All have their fans. Really can't say anything bad about any of them, it boils down to preference. A lot of folks go all the way with one brand. For example, use the same brand's gear oil, differential oil, and motor oil.

Personally, I use Royal Purple in the WRX and Mobil1 in my three other cars. I have used Mobil1 for years and highly recommend it. The WRX is driven harder than the other cars, plus I use Royal Purple MaxGear in the tranny and rear end.

Hope this helps. If I were you (i.e., care about your car, but not a flange head...plus you live beyond OZ), I would use the OEM filter and Mobil 1.
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Old 12-30-2002, 10:31 PM   #5
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Default Another oil thread YEHHOOO!!!

I use Purolator Pure 1 filter,

Just for grins....

Motul600 brake fluid

1. REDLINE 10w40, i run it between 3-5k miles.

2.REDLINE 75w90ns in the trans 3.7qts
3.REDLINE 75w90 in the rear diff .7 qts
4. REDLINE water wetter in cooling system.

very happy , no problems, highly recommended.

...oh and for more grins.....

Tire pressure 36front / 33rear
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Old 12-30-2002, 11:36 PM   #6
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gees, thanks everyone, that was a really interesting read.
i think i will either use motul or mobil 1.
the mobil 1 is $100.00 for 5 litres over here, and going off some of the data i will probably use the mobil 1 filter if i can get it.
again thanks for the help
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