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Old November 5th, 2019, 07:19   #1
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Fuel Economy: 51 MPG Winter, 57 MPG summer
Default Fuel Filter reccomendations....

What fuel filters would you recommend for a 2003 Jetta ALH TDI ? I have been getting mine thru NAPA, but I am concerned that it may not be good enough. A lot of knockoffs out there. Thanks in advance.
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Old November 5th, 2019, 08:11   #2
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Old November 5th, 2019, 08:11   #3
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I usually get mine (and most maintenance parts) from rockauto. Mann or Mahle either one is good. I've heard good things about napa filters fuel/oil/air. I believe they are WIX filters.

Seeing as you are in the USA, I recommend you checkout IDparts. They have all the right stuff and shipping / parts cost should be much better for you than me in Canada. I used to buy from IDparts but they no longer have a cheap shipping option to Canada so rockauto is my goto.
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Old November 5th, 2019, 10:03   #4
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I second IDParts. Just ordered a bunch from them myself. Very good place to do business with!
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Old November 8th, 2019, 08:41   #5
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You could always to do a fuel filter conversion and use a Cat, Baldwin, Donaldson or Wix filters. They are generally cheaper, last longer and filter better, oh and a lot easier to change too. Just a thought nothing against the stock filters just something to consider.
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Old November 8th, 2019, 09:40   #6
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I use the UFI filters (sometimes packaged as Sofima) on my MKIVs. They're less expensive than MANN, and were OE on the cars when assembled.
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