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    Hey, i'm changing my oil every 2k, been using the fram xtragard (9 bucks) Changing that often, can i use the cheaper filter( 4 bucks) without worries? Also, using valvoline 5/30, decent oil?

  • #2
    I think you should wait 3k before changing. Even at 3k my oil still looks close to new just my .02
    1992 white L, Bp, American racing 13's, stock trans.
    1991 White L, BP/F5MR, protege header, full aspire swap with gr2's, seats, and sway bar, 15" konig's, short throw, escort console.
    1991 blue L, 5 speed.
    1988 red L-plus-all stock.

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    • #3
      I usually change every 5k (km) just oil, oil filter every 10k then flush every 15k

      using high quality stuff.
      93 Ford Festiva WA (project car)
      98 Ford Festiva WF (aspire)(parts car)
      98 "Gloria" Toyota Corolla AE101 (daily driver)

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      • #4
        The Mazda engines are so well built, that if you do oil changes every quarter, using good (not best) quality oil and filters, you will be fine. Just know what you are doing and do it on schedule.

        If you go the high performance route, with rebuilt engine, etc., then maybe crank up your quality and servicing. Not necessary on stock engines.

        Karl
        '93GL "Prettystiva" ticking B3 and 5 speed, backup DD; full swaps in spring!
        '91L "AquaMutt" my '91L; B6 swap/5 speed & Aspire brakes, DD/work car
        '92L "Twinstiva" 5sp, salvage titled, waiting for repairs...
        '93GL "Luxstiva," '94 B6 engine & ATX; needs overhauled
        '89L "Muttstiva," now a storage bin, future trailer project

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        • #5
          Your real concern should be the Fram filter. Cut one open and look at the shoddy construction. I only use Wix, Motorcraft, Napa Gold or Silver, Purolator or AC/Delco. The Delco and Ford filters are made by Purolator.
          1963 Fairlane - future NSS drag car
          1965 Mustang Coupe - A-code car, restoring for/with my son
          1973 F100 longbed - only 22k original miles, 360/auto, disk, PS/PB dealer in dash A/C
          1996 Sonoma X-cab - son's DD
          2002 Grand Prix - daughter's DD
          2003 Sport Trac - 180k, 130k on replaced motor with new timing chains - F/S soon.
          2005 Accord - wife's DD
          2008 Mountaineer - step daughter's DD
          2015 F150 SCrew - DD

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          • #6
            I go with a top filter like the Wix, or Purolator PL series filters. Any oil is good enough IMO, but I am now using the Castrol High Mileage, 5W30 for winter and 10W30 for summer.
            90 Festy (Larry)--B6M (Matt D. modified B6 head), header, 5-speed, Capri XR2 front brakes, many other little mods
            09 Kia Rondo--a Festy on steroids!

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            • #7
              I recall reading other guys complain about Fram filters in the past, so I've generally avoided them. I do use Bosch, though, sometimes.

              Karl
              '93GL "Prettystiva" ticking B3 and 5 speed, backup DD; full swaps in spring!
              '91L "AquaMutt" my '91L; B6 swap/5 speed & Aspire brakes, DD/work car
              '92L "Twinstiva" 5sp, salvage titled, waiting for repairs...
              '93GL "Luxstiva," '94 B6 engine & ATX; needs overhauled
              '89L "Muttstiva," now a storage bin, future trailer project

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              • #8
                The Fram and cheap filters are just cardboard shoved into a tin can. Wix and Napa are the route to go.
                1991 Smoketiva - 306k
                1997 Jeep Cherokee - 4.6L Stroker
                2004 Sebring

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Larry Hampton View Post
                  Your real concern should be the Fram filter. Cut one open and look at the shoddy construction. I only use Wix, Motorcraft, Napa Gold or Silver, Purolator or AC/Delco. The Delco and Ford filters are made by Purolator.
                  X2...................actually, I think the "top-of-the-line" Frams are built much better than their standard line & get pretty good reviews. Otherwise, they're crap.
                  Last edited by blkfordsedan; 06-06-2011, 06:46 AM.
                  Brian

                  93L - 5SP, FMS springs, 323 alloys, 1st gen B6, ported head & intake, FMS cam, ported exhaust manifold w/2-1/4" head pipe.
                  04 Mustang GT, 5SP, CAI, TFS plenum, 70mm TB, catted X, Pypes 304SS cat-back, Hurst Billet+ shifter, SCT/Bama tuned....4.10's & cams coming soon
                  62 Galaxie 2D sedan project- 428, 3x2V, 4SP, 3.89TLOC

                  1 wife, 2 kids, 9 dogs, 4 cats......
                  Not enough time or money for any of them

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                  • #10
                    What do you guys think of the Purolator Pure One filters? Advance is running a 20 percent off sale now and the Pure One Festiva filters are down to $5.00 each. With the discount they are $4.00 each!

                    I'm about to make an order, including five Pure One Oil Filters (for Festiva) to go with some more wheel paint.

                    Pretty good deal, or are the Pure Ones just so-so? I've usually run Bosch, but I also bought a couple NAPA Gold and one Wix. (I prefer the Festiva size instead of the 323 spec, since they're bigger.)

                    Karl
                    Last edited by Safety Guy; 07-02-2011, 04:56 PM.
                    '93GL "Prettystiva" ticking B3 and 5 speed, backup DD; full swaps in spring!
                    '91L "AquaMutt" my '91L; B6 swap/5 speed & Aspire brakes, DD/work car
                    '92L "Twinstiva" 5sp, salvage titled, waiting for repairs...
                    '93GL "Luxstiva," '94 B6 engine & ATX; needs overhauled
                    '89L "Muttstiva," now a storage bin, future trailer project

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