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Old 07-23-2012, 04:22 PM   #1
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I am getting ready for my first oil change on 2012 5.0 and I am trying to decide on a filter. I am thinking hard about getting the K&N performance gold but thought I would ask if anyone has used it or maybe has another filter for me to check out.

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Old 07-23-2012, 04:35 PM   #2
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I know I'll get flamed for this, but I always just use Fram oil filters. Never had any problems.
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Old 07-23-2012, 04:54 PM   #3
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Yeah, probably. The enthusiast community for my last car did a lot of testing & the Frams were the worst they looked at.

I have used the K&N filters, and they did fine for me.
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Old 07-23-2012, 08:29 PM   #4
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I use K&N oil filters on my wife's Edge, on my TSX, and will use them on my Mustang when it needs an oil change (still have 3 weeks for delivery, so the cart is ahead of the horse).

The only issues I've had with Fram is that damned grip coating. It makes it impossible to put an oil filter wrench on it! Somehow, they always slip off.
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Old 07-24-2012, 02:25 AM   #5
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I've used K&N oil filters for years. No problems...
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Old 07-24-2012, 11:03 AM   #6
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K&N's are overpriced considering what you get, IMO. The Motorcraft filters have been tested and did quite well. As long as you're not going much beyond 8,000 miles between oil/filter changes, the OE filter is fine and a good price. If you want great filtering and the capability to go 15,000 miles or more, look into Amsoil's Ea high efficiency filters.
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The last few K&Ns I've bought were $12. I guess I don't view that as a cost issue when I buy 1 a year...
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Motorcraft filters are considered really good on every website i've gone to they come highly recommended. I haven't seen a lot of places recommending the K&N filters but they might be good.

The fram is the universally hated filter though. There are horror stories associated with them and if you take them apart you can see just how cheap/cheesy they are. testing shows they don't perform well. Yes, many people use them without issue, but just because you don't have an issue doesn't mean it's a good filter or wont someday cause an issue
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Old 07-25-2012, 07:03 AM   #9
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I have read nothing but good things about the K&N filter, However after researching for my own 2011 5.0, I purchased Mobil-1 extended life filters and 5w-20 ext life synthetic oil.
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I think generally speaking these days, people end up worrying about this far too much. There are millions of cars on the road lasting 100-250k miles that get nothing but "whatever" oil from Jiffy Lube and crappy cheap filters. The fact that you change the oil is more important overall than the oil itself assuming you are using basically any major brand. IMO the filter is more important than the oil, so I'd always recommend spending the extra few dollars for a good quality filter.
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Old 07-25-2012, 12:41 PM   #11
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What he said. I bounce between K&N, Mobil-1, and Motorcraft. Looking into WIX as they are supposed to be good as well. The main thing is to keep up the maintenance & use decent quality parts.
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Wix. If it's good enough for NASCAR it's good enough for me.
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Old 07-30-2012, 03:34 PM   #13
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Oil filter quality becomes important when you are using synthetic oil and change it at 7K to 10K. Top of the line Fram filters are just as good any, just don't use their cheapo filters for the synthetic.
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I have a question hopefully someone on here can help me with.i have an 02 gt and the girl i bought it from ran conventional oil. It has 76000 miles and am leary about switching to syntheic or synthetic blend. My problem is, is that i purchased the k&n performance gold oil filter not realizing it was specified for synthetic oils, can i run conventional oil through this filter? or is the flow rate on this filter to high for conventional oil?
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I have question hopefully somebody can help me with. I have a 2002 gt and its running conventional oil. I bought the k&n performance gold oil filter not realizing it was specified for synthetic or synthetic blends. My question is can you use this filter with conventional oil? And is the "high flow" rate on this filter going to burn conventional oil faster than a synthetic?
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Motorcraft is what I use.
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Old 02-18-2014, 06:01 PM   #17
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Any filter will work on Syn, Syn blend or dino oil. The premium filters like K&N, Amsoil, Royal Purple etc will go longer between changes, that is they will catch and hold more dirt.
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I use Motorcraft or Mobil-1. It usually depends what is on sale out of the 2. I think these are the 2 best brands out there, based on my research.

EDIT: 2 best brands FOR THE PRICE, lol.
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The dealership where I purchased my car, changes the oil & filter free. So it's Motorcraft filters & semi-synthetic oil for my mustang.
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I use Motorcraft or Mobil-1. It usually depends what is on sale out of the 2. I think these are the 2 best brands out there, based on my research.
There's no way in hell your research came up with those two.
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