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Has anyone ever tried the Bosch oil filters? I ve always used Mopar (and honestly they really seem fine to me), but i saw the Bosch fileter for 3 times the price as the Mopar filter the other night...i almost got caught up in the "it costs more so it must be better" hype...so i thought id ask!
 

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NAPA Gold what i use.
 

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Almost any oil filter will be fine. About the only one I wouldnt use if Fram. I like to go to Autozone when they have their Mobil 1 sale going on where you buy a 5 quart bottle of Mobil 1 and they throw in the $12 Mobil 1 filter free. If that deal is not running when its time for a change, I go with Mobil 1 and a Mopar or Wix filter for a 5,000 mile run.
 

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Has anyone ever tried the Bosch oil filters?
Anyone have any info on these?

I picked up a couple at Wally World the other day when I was getting my stuff to change the oil on both the wife's Challenger and on my truck. I'm not having second thoughts, as I've never actually seen or heard of anyone using a Bosch filter before....

I've used many of their other products over the years, and I don't think I've ever had any troubles.

I know the arguments about what filters is best, etc and everyone has their own opinion on this. I'm more interested in personal experience with this product good or bad.


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Main things to look for are the following:

1) The filtration level(measured in microns). "Better" filtration is not necessarily better. "Better" filtration (in terms of micron rating) will be more restrictive and your oil pump will be working overtime. It's best to get a filter that has the same filtration level as oem.

2) The type of gaskets. Some cheap filters (like the cheaper fram models) use cardboard instead of rubber. It should be obvious why rubber makes a better gasket than cardboard...

3) Anti drain back valve. Not all filters have this, and if it doesn't then it can cause "dry" starts as it will take longer to circulate oil throughout the engine on start up.

WIX(same as NAPA) is what I use. Mopar's are good. I don't know for sure but would guess that K&N, RP, and Bosch all are good.
 

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Agreed, snrusnak. Something else. Some filters use a leaf spring and others use a coil spring. If the coil spring is not supported well, then the filtering system inside the canister may offset. This may cause the filter to not do it's job correctly. My mechanic brother in law stocked only WIX. Bosch is good and so is Mobile 1. Stay away from the four letter "F" word! Yo MaMa may not get you for using that word, but some of us might. Lol
 

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I personally use Amsoil oil and Filters. They are expensive but based on all the information I have researched, as well as other users, they are reportedly the best on the market. You might spend more, but in the end, you get what you pay for. I have also used K&N filters which are quite expensive but are what they refer to as "high flow" filters. K&N also makes a very good lifetime air filter
 

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Yes that's true the coil spring is better than the leaf spring. The expensive frams are supposedly good but why pay double when you can get a good filter for half? Fram has a genius marketing program...
 

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I didn't read what you wrote correctly, I thought you were saying that the leaf spring was the one that made the problem.

The coil spring is supposed to keep better and more consistent pressure, providing less leaks. I'd never heard anything bad about them until your comment.
 

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I'm suspecting that the Bosche filter that I just installed isn't up to the task. I've got another thread going HERE that pretty well explains it.

I'm just hoping that when I swap out the Bosche for the Mobil 1, everything will work itself out. What I find strange is that I never received any indication that there was a malfunction, just my noticing the low RPMs and MDS...


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I'm suspecting that the Bosche filter that I just installed isn't up to the task. I've got another thread going HERE that pretty well explains it.

I'm just hoping that when I swap out the Bosche for the Mobil 1, everything will work itself out. What I find strange is that I never received any indication that there was a malfunction, just my noticing the low RPMs and MDS...


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I have been using WIX, which also makes the NAPA Gold, & Carquest oil filters
when i was up in New England last year, I tried several auto parts stores for a WIX, no one carried them, then i went to a Carquest store & the counter guy showed me that their Carquest brand was made by WIX
I should think that there are many good brands available, maybe even the Fram extra mileage filter, that would work just as good. Now that a FIAT guy is in charge of parts, they are not saying which brand is in the inside of the canister. It reads MOPAR on the outside & the box reads Magneti Marelli & a part number

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OP mentioned cardboard gaskets in a FRAM filter, it is not the gasket, but the END CAPS that are cardboard, & they have been known to fail.
Most end caps are metal. The filtering media also is not glued in properly & can have gaps that allow unstrained oil to re-enter the oil system. These oil filters are the $4 - $5 filters, not necessarily the higher priced oil filters

As one writer wrote
'Saving money on an oil filter is right up there with getting a deal on day-old Sushi and bargain basement brain surgery'
 

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GTyankee, I have never put forth the effort to truly investigate these claims, but I've heard (emphasis) the Fram oil filters use coil springs and the end caps do not provide the necessary long term integrity to properly support the coil springs, resulting in the problems we all wish to avoid, as you described.

My brother in law (who had his own shop until the economy said otherwise) carried only WIX brand oil filters. When I asked him why he carried only WIX, he basically said Mobile 1, Bosche, and a few other filters were good filters, but when it came to bulk orders to maintain his stock supply of efficient filters, WIX offered him the best deal for the class WIX fell under. I asked him "...why not Fram? They're pretty cheap." He informed me that he had no desire to go out of business because he was not going to allow a (in his opinion) a faulty product to ruin his reputation of good work.

My wife's car is a 2012 Hyundai Elantra (It really does get 40-46 mpg - according to the calculator and gas pump). I've read numerous blogs by Elantra owners complaining of almost immediate engine problems and the source was an oil filter (...something to do with the flow). What it came down to for the Elantra owners answer was Mobile 1, Bosche, WIX, or the factory filter. The factory filter is built like a freaking tank. They provide a link to a video to explain why they use a leaf spring and why their filters should be used. I bought a factory filter from the dealership for $6.

Excoastie, I believe GTyankee pretty much sums it up. I'm not denying that you may be having problems with your vehicle, but I just can't imagine Bosche as being the source.

As for myself, when my service plan runs out, I'm going to use Mobile 1 or WIX. The salesman straight out begged me to purchase a service plan because he gets points for selling it. I bought my truck $13,000 less and he got points for the sale of a truck and a service plan. It does drive my bonkers that I don't change my own oil.
 
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