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Old 07-07-2011, 02:51 PM   #1
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What is a Fram air filter really worth?

I was at Autozone today swapping out a warranty replacement for a bad caliper. I decided to buy a new air filter for the car. I ended up buying a STP branded filter for $6.99. I was going to buy the Fram but it was $14. On the way home I had to stop at my local "drug store/mart" for some spray paint. While walking through the auto aisle I saw the same Fram air filter for $4.99!!! WTF!

So again I ask; what is a Fram air filter really worth?


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Old 07-07-2011, 02:59 PM   #2
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IMHO not much, I prefer Purolator but lots of people use Frams and their cars run. I'm not sure what your local "drug store/mart" is but I know that because of very high volumes, one of the "marts" sells filters for less than some of the auto parts stores pay for wholesale. I say buy what you want at the best price you can find. I always buy household stuff like drinking glasses, towels, etc at the mart because the kids break, stain or lose them anyway. Nobody touches my car or truck so I buy the good stuff.
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Old 07-07-2011, 03:08 PM   #3
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Fram filters are not a premium product, the oil filters are considered to be the worst out there.

Some places try to sell them as a premium product and price accordingly. However, the price you saw at the speedy mart is not necessarily a true reflection either, they are likely something that was obtained at clearance.
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Old 07-07-2011, 03:38 PM   #4
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Posted via FF Mobile I try to stay away from Fram filters. Oil filters I go with Motorcraft (which I believe is rebranded bosch or purolator, cabin is purolator, and air filter is K&N. Fram is considered by many as....complete poo poo.
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Old 07-07-2011, 03:56 PM   #5
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$4.99

Unlike their oil filters, I don't have any problems with their air filters.

You can visuallly check them (they look fine) and I change them every 2 years (just before smog test) at least than the recommended mileage interval.......
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I always go with K & N. They last forever but you pay for the hype. By the time you shell out like 50$ plus buy the recharge kit there really isn't much savings value unless you keep the car a long time. I like them though.
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I used Fram Oil and Air Filters since the mid 70's and have never had a single problem with them. I never lost an engine due to a oiling problem from a bad oil filter.

Most of the cars had over 150,000 miles on them when they were sold due to loss of interest, not mechanical problems.

Fram, SuperTech, Purolator, etc... They all worked great for me.

Just my honest opinion...
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same here, i have used fram oil filters on my 1st focus and i sold it with 165k on it, my moms mustang with 230k on it and my dads f150 with 215k on it, no problems and the grippy part is real helpfull when trying to pull one off, lol
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before clicking this thread I was going to say $5. Funny thats how much it was
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Its worth leaving on the shelf!
save yourself the trouble and buy a good aftermarket lifetime filter. K&N, IGT or the likes.
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