I also do not know how he could "guarantee" these filters. What exactly would that mean? For example, if you run into problems with your old motor with 300K plus miles on it, how are you going to prove it was the fault of the filter? You can talk oil analysis all you want but I would not think it fair to pursue the vendor of the oil filter that you chose and installed. If you don't like the idea, then do not use the "new" filter. However, we are seeing more and more things come out of the far east that are a good or better than many of the products that we used to produce in the west. It was not always like that but it is becoming more so on a daily basis.
Any engineers on here with the facilities to do some testing? It would be interesting to know if there is any difference in the oil based upon the brand of filter being used. I have not been around here long enough to know if y'all have been through this in depth but I know there has been considerable discussion and some reasonable data on other forums relating to various oil filter manufacturors. I am sort of a believer that if I change the oil often enough, it likely is not going to be a huge issue what brand of filter I use. I ran a 77 Ford and then an 86 Ford over a hundred thousand with minimal wear using basic house brand filters and oil. I changed both at 3000 mile intervals and never had any issues (apart from headgaskets which is how I ended up having a look at the cylinders etc.). If you plan to run expensive synthetic lubricants and want to extend your change interval then you should either pay for a premium filter (and hope you get what you pay for) or possibly, change the filter mid cycle. My 2 cents. Your mileage may vary etc. Randy B -----Original Message----- From: [EMAIL PROTECTED] [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] Behalf Of Bob Rentfro Sent: Tuesday, January 31, 2006 2:38 PM To: Mercedes Discussion List Subject: Re: [MBZ] More cool specials Hendrik asked the tough question: "Question is, are you willing to risk your reputation with these cheap filters. Just because they look similar does not mean that the quality is the same. Personally I pay a little extra to get genuine filters. Also are you willing to guarantee these filters?" I don't believe Rusty can be duped.... He does this for a living. He's not going to fling out a piece of crap out there for us. He certainly can make more money selling us the filters we're used to buying. Why would he risk invoking our collective ire? Bob Rentfro '77 300D 148K (waiting on some of Rusty's good parts) '01 VW Beetle TDI 61K Litchfield Park, AZ _______________________________________ http://www.striplin.net For new parts see official list sponsor: http://www.buymbparts.com/ For used parts email [EMAIL PROTECTED] To Unsubscribe or change delivery options go to: http://striplin.net/mailman/listinfo/mercedes_striplin.net