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Oil Filters: Fram Tough Guard vs. Napa Gold for 2002 Subaru Forester and 2001 Outback

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Uploaded on Feb 2, 2011

Ok, i'll keep this short and sweet with no talking:

The Napa Gold filter (filter #1365) was in my 01 Subaru Outback (2.5 engine) and the Fram Tough Guard (filter # TG3593A) was in my 02 Subaru Forester (2.5 engine).

Details of this oil change:
Oil: Mobil 1 Synthetic 5w-30
Change Interval: 4,000 miles.

Overall conclusions: Nothing earth-shattering here: You get what you pay for. The Fram held up, but deteriorated at a much faster rate as you can see the flimsy paper filter after use. The Napa Gold filter was solid.

Currently, I replaced these above filters with the following filters for the next oil change:

01 Outback: K & N Oil Filter
02 Forester: Mobil 1 Oil filter
Both vehicles got Castrol Edge 5w-30 with this latest oil change.

This time around I am going to do a 9,000 mile oil change interval. I will post the filter results when that change occurs.

I hope you found this helpful for your filter changes. -m

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