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Old September 13th, 2011, 11:05   #1
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Default 22 micron napa gold oil filters???

hi everyone i am new here and i just bought a 2003 jetta tdi, i was picking up oil and filters and it was recomended that i go with a napa gold p/n 7210 oil filter they apparently have a higher micron rating then the stock filter, napa gold is a 22 micron rating. Has anybody ever used these or does anybody know what the stock vw filters micron rating is? thanks. any pros and cons
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Old September 13th, 2011, 11:11   #2
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Most recommend OEM filters. They can be had from the dealer or our vendors here. Check the group buy forums for some of the vendors.
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Old September 13th, 2011, 11:50   #3
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Used lots of the NAPA Gold oil filters in the '00/'01/'03 TDIs. Never knew (or worried) about the micron rating(s). They're good filters, no issues. They have the baffle inside and are labeled "top" on one end. Most of them are made in Poland as were some/most of the Mann oil filters I've had.
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Old September 13th, 2011, 12:41   #4
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thanks for the advice, my friend and I were discussing it wondering if it would drop your oil pressure due to smaller microns, I talked to Napa they said that it also has more pleats so better surface area.
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Old September 13th, 2011, 13:04   #5
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I've used Purolator for years (pre-TDI days) and have not had any problems that I know of. And, sort of like what Jettawreck said, I don't have a clue what the micro rating would be for them. Purolator has a higher end filter.........seems they are all (Purolators) are all made in Israel.
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Old September 13th, 2011, 16:14   #6
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wow I scrolled down and read a few old posts about napa gold filters and now I think I will bring them back, I am going to buy a one from vw and compare the two, check out these old posts from 2008 and 2006 below, it talks about the filters having impropper o rings and letting oil leak down and causing dry start conditions, and not having propper baffles, I think to be safe i am going to stick with OEM, thoughts anyone??? Read the old posts!

hey AndyBees, you probably drove right through grande prairie on your way up the alaska highway where i live!!
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Old September 13th, 2011, 16:19   #7
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hey AndyBees, you probably drove right through grande prairie on your way up the alaska highway where i live!!
Yeah, I've spent the night in Grande Prairie several different times. I had my '83 Vanagon serviced at the VW Dealership there in 1999. We stayed at a motel within walking distance of the dealership. Bathegate I think is the manager there!

EDIT: The Purolator filter has "Top" stamped on it, fits tight and looks like the Mann filter!
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Old September 13th, 2011, 17:47   #8
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ok so i wanted to go home and check the napa gold filters i bought, they do have the baffles in side the oil filter and it says top on one end and made in poland, i think they will be fine, i am going to buy a vw one tomorow morning and compare the two, i will try to post some pics.
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Old September 14th, 2011, 06:20   #9
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ok so i wanted to go home and check the napa gold filters i bought, they do have the baffles in side the oil filter and it says top on one end and made in poland, i think they will be fine, i am going to buy a vw one tomorow morning and compare the two, i will try to post some pics.
All the NAPA Gold filters for the TDI I've bought have been fine. I usually change oil (Rotella T6 5w-40 or M1 TDT 5w-40) every 10K and the filter every 20K, never had one fail or clog up. They have a "cheaper" non-Gold product which I have not tried (and have no reason to). Maybe they are the ones that were found sub-standard.
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I thought they were Wix filters?
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22 microns is still less than 1/1000th of an inch. Bearing clearances are 2-4 thousandths.
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Both Hengst oil & fuel filters are 10u
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What is the micron rating of mann?
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What is the micron rating of mann?
I have wanted to know that answer as well.
I went to Mann's website on that site the FAQ How do long-life oil filters differ from conventional oil filters?

Down a few answers a broad range 5-18 microns better than napa. I does look like they are a better filter and designed for extended oil drain.

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Old September 15th, 2011, 08:46   #15
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thanks everyone for all th info, i bought i vw filter yesterday and compared the napa gold filter and the vw, the baffles inside are identical, the napa filter is made in poland and is labeled top on one end. I counted the pleats and the napa filter has around 60 pleats and vw filter has around 50. Is mann the company that makes the vw filter, I went onto mann's website and I was unable to find the micron rating of the filter for my 2003 jetta tdi, Crows synthetics could you please post the link to the place where you found the micron rating of that filter, thanks. The guy at the parts store told me that the napa gold had a higher micron rating then the stock filter but maybe he was just full of it.
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