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Old May 4th, 2012, 05:27   #1
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Does anyone know if Pentius brand fuel filters are good? I am looking at fuel filters on rockauto.com, and the Pentius filters are less than half the price of Wix, Mann, or Beck/Arnley. I know Wix and Mann are good, but I don't know anything about Beck/Arnley or Pentius. The Pentius are tempting because of the price, but the price also makes me wonder if they are worth buying.
Any of them are cheaper than going to the local parts stores.
I also have the same brand conundrum with air filters. I am also considering an AEM or K&N washable air filter. This is my first diesel car. Are the washable air filters a good idea?
Anyone have advice for me? Thanks!

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Old May 4th, 2012, 06:18   #2
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Stick to the german brands. Mann, Hengst, etc. won't regret it.
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Old May 4th, 2012, 06:40   #3
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No washable filters on TDIs. Period. Do a search to learn why.
Again...stick to OEM brands. It's not worth risking an issue to "save" a few pennies.
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Old May 4th, 2012, 06:43   #4
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Yes stick to the OE suppliers. Out of curiosity I bought Beck/Arnley primary fuel filter and oil filter for my benz from rockauto and both boxes contained Mann filters.

K&N air filters are generally not a good choice for turbo diesels. Just stick with the OE paper style, they flow and filter well and have a long service life.
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Old May 4th, 2012, 07:04   #5
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Yes, as mentioned, the service life on the filters is quite long, so a couple bucks doesn't cover the questionable factor. I do however use NAPA Gold (Wix) filters since I trust them and are available locally in my rural area.
Do a search and learn why to avoid the "reusable" air filters. The OEM intake filter system is more than adequate.
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Old May 4th, 2012, 07:08   #6
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So you guys think Wix is ok for VW fuel/oil filters? I use Wix for marine/industrial engine filters and always thought the quality was ok. Never thought to use them for my VW, but may on next go.
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Old May 4th, 2012, 07:20   #7
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I stick to the MANN brand. A catastrophic fuel related meltdown on the TDI is probably more expensive than I want to deal with by saving $5-$10 on a fuel filter.
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Old May 4th, 2012, 10:00   #8
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So you guys think Wix is ok for VW fuel/oil filters? I use Wix for marine/industrial engine filters and always thought the quality was ok. Never thought to use them for my VW, but may on next go.
I have used a couple of the OEM type Wix fuel filters and currently have a WIX "eqivalent" to the CAT filter unit in the '01 Jetta. I have no complaints/problems.
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Old May 4th, 2012, 15:00   #9
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I recommend staying away from any oiled air filters. They are especially subject to problems with our TDI's most all K&N filters are oiled. Their dry filters are OK.
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Old May 6th, 2012, 19:48   #10
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Wix oil filters (NAPA Gold) are fine.

As for air filters, I agree with the advice to avoid K&N -- but the Amsoil Ea air filter is a totally different animal. When I run out of my current stock, I think I will give the Ea filter a try.

http://www.amsoil.com/storefront/eaa.aspx
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Old May 17th, 2012, 16:29   #11
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I was looking at the idparts.com website and for $43 bucks they have a fuel filter, oil filter, cabin filter and air filter. They said the air filter and oil filter are made by mann, they said the fuel filter is OEM. So what exactly does that mean? Can that be trusted?

link is http://www.idparts.com/catalog/produ...roducts_id=411
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Old May 17th, 2012, 16:31   #12
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actually i think the fuel filter is mann, or for $1 more you can get a hengst.

Is this a good deal? for $43, that sounds pretty good to me, you can get another mann oil filter for another $5.95.
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Old May 17th, 2012, 18:45   #13
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I was looking at the idparts.com website and for $43 bucks they have a fuel filter, oil filter, cabin filter and air filter. They said the air filter and oil filter are made by mann, they said the fuel filter is OEM. So what exactly does that mean? Can that be trusted?
link is http://www.idparts.com/catalog/produ...roducts_id=411
The filter change intervals are different for each, or should be unless you decide to keep it simple.
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Old May 17th, 2012, 18:52   #14
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Read and understand the service intervals in your owners manual. Idparts IS a trusted vendor.
Contact the Guru nearest you and see if there is a GTG in the works. (Get ToGether..)

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http://www.amazon.com/Mann-Filter-WK...ype=automotive

Amazon is really stepping up to the plate with their auto part selections.
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