I finially found a place that consistently offers the 15208AA160 black filter - PartSouq in Dubai. $6.86 + international freight brings it to about $10 each when ordering a box of 10. The also passed the Not Counterfeit test - (1)Printed label, not a sticker (2)Box glued with dots of glue, not strips (3)Cellophane sealing the opening of the filter.
Jiffy Lube always wants to upgrade my '97 Honda CRV with 154k (I'm also a Subie owner) to high mileage oil. How is it better?With the age and mileage of your car, I'd probably lean toward a high-mileage formula, like Castrol or Valvoline MaxLife, so if your engine uses some oil, maybe transition toward the high-mileage oil even when you're adding a quart.
It is designed for cars with higher mileage--slightly heavier viscosity (within the rated grade) and conditioners to soften rubber and other engine seals which can reduce leaking. Got Google?Jiffy Lube always wants to upgrade my '97 Honda CRV with 154k (I'm also a Subie owner) to high mileage oil. How is it better?
I thought so too, obviously. I was impressed with his simple approach to the issue of oil filters and the fact that he did not try to play Mechanical Engineer or throw meaningless jargon at his viewers. It was simply he spent his own money on just about every oil filter sold at the local chain auto parts stores for Subarus, opened them all up and did a visual inspection on them all, and referenced them against US Market and JDM Subaru factory filters .
The most important thing about viscosity is NOT following the cap designation, it's using the correct oil for application and conditions. Very often a manufacturer will spec one grade of oil for "normal" operation, but list a heavier grade for "severe" operation, generally meaning short drives, very cold or very hot temps, towing, extended high RPM operation, up or down mountains, lots of city driving...basically anything that isn't "driving in a straight line on the interstate". So be sure to read the owners manual and determine the correct oil grade.
Another interesting thing of note is that subaru specs different oil weights in the US vs other markets, with the US getting the lighter oils. Since USDM engines are not magically different, it seems this must be done for fuel economy reasons, trading protection for meeting regulations. Personally I refuse to use 0W-20 in anything, since it quickly shears down even thinner (!). Our FA24 gets 5W-30 (though I'm considering trying a 0W-30 next winter), and everything else gets Rotella T6 5W-40 (unless it's a lawn mower, then it gets whatever is cheapest).
Also seeing lots of fram comments...to those making the comments, are you indicating that ALL fram filters are worthless, or just the cheapest, lowest end models?