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Just like the title says, i have 10,4xx miles on my express and I changed my air filter yesterday because it was looking pretty nasty and checked my oil while i was under there, i use mobil 1 full synthetic with a mopar filter and my oil is already looking dark.

I think it should be looking fairly new but its not. Im planning on going on a 1500ish mile trip in 2 weeks and will be changing the oil and give mobil 1 another try then if i get the same results i might give pennzoil platinum a try.

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3800 miles is quite a bit...

Too many variables; what kind of oil, what type of driving, temperature etc...

Change the oil to be sure!
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I wouldn't worry about the color of the oil. If you are worried about it, take a sample of oil and send it off to an Oil Analysis Company. They can tell you everything that is going on with your engine and how much life you have left in that oil. Pick up a Wix filter instead of the Mopar filter. Mobil 1 is a good oil.
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You have to understand what the oil goes through. Even though it's synthetic, it's still subject to all the high heat and friction of the engine. I wouldn't worry too much about how it looks. 3800 miles is about half of what the better dino oils will do and about a quarter of the synthetics.
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Thanks guys, im going to go ahead and change it when i go on vacation. I just didnt expect to see that from a new motor.

Any reason i should chose wix, napa gold ect over the mopar filter?


Btw, those fram replacement air filters are like twice as thick as the OEM!!
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Thanks guys, im going to go ahead and change it when i go on vacation. I just didnt expect to see that from a new motor.

Any reason i should chose wix, napa gold ect over the mopar filter?

Better to be safe than sorry.

As far as the Wix, just personal preference.

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i just keep my Air Filter changed out, when the underside starts getting black, i change it & clean out the air box

Personally i stay away from the $5 FRAM oil filters
you are trusting your expensive engine to a cheap oil filter brand, just to save 3 or 4 dollars
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The only reason I would stay away from Mopar is the uncertainty of who makes them. Like many here, I thought they were made by Purolator, who makes very good oil filters but there have been some who say they may be made by Fram. I use to use Mopar on my second generation Ram years ago and they seemed fine, but that was a long time ago and things may have changed. Like GT Yankee said, Fram makes cheap filters. It is a false economy to save a couple bucks on a cheap filter. Wix are among the best Napa Gold are made by Wix so an excellent choice also. As mentioned Purolator is know to make good filters. As to your oil, I am not so sure it is a real worry, after all modern oils have detergents in them, but if you are going on a trip, I would go ahead and change it.
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Hermes1 is correct. The problem I have with Mopar filters is they can be made by Purolator or Magneti Marelli, most likely Magneti Marelli now. No one knows. You can't go wrong with a Wix filter though, its a good quality filter.

Mobil 1 or Pennzoil Platinum are good oils. I use Amsoil Oil and Filters. When I used to drive between Fort Hood and Austin everyday with my 2012 Ford Focus, I tried many different oils and different filters within the 56,000 miles I put on that car in one year. Every oil change I sent a sample off to get a Oil Analysis. I found that Amsoil Signature Series with an Amsoil filter was the best. Mobil 1 with a Wix filter was second best. The best SynBlend was Motorcraft.

If you really want your oil to look close to new after 4,000 miles. Get a Dual Remote Oil Bypass Filter Setup.
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