Join Date: Oct 2007
location: Capital Region, People's Republic of NY
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First, welcome to the forum!
Second, if you use the search function here, you'll find many, many posts on the topic of oil and filters. When you get tired here, you can go to the bobistheoilguy forum and read on oil and filters times 10.
Third, you'll probably find many here who like Purolator (especially the PureOne, which offers a big benefit for the buck), Bosch, Mobil1, and one kind of Honda original equipment filter made by a particular manufacturer, identifiable by its model number but not easy to get any more, so I don't care to remember. Very few like Fram or Wix around these parts.
That said, a quality engineer said long ago that "good quality is not necessarily high quality". By that he meant sometimes it just has to work well enough. Wix and Fram will work well enough, but the brands I mentioned and a few others will work better, giving you a bigger safety margin. Many people on this forum will say that extra margin is well worth it, especially if you extend oil change intervals and/or drive aggressively.
I'm surprised there haven't been more heated responses here. Few things provoke passion on this forum like a question about oil and filters. I've always suspected that some of the ones screaming loudest that you'll kill your engine and go sterile if you use anything other than X oil and Y filter do so on keyboards greasy from Big Mac stains and filled with Doritos crumbs. If these writers were as particular about what the fed themselves as their cars, they'd be Prius-driving vegans.
And that's not to insult my serious vegan friends. But vegans don't live longer - it just seems longer.
"Communication isn't what you say. It's what they hear." - Red Auerbach
2015 EX-L V6, Modern Steel/Black
2007 SE I4 5AT, Cool Blue, 77k
Also in the family:
2009 TSX, navy, auto
2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Ltd
2015 Crosstour V6, black
2013 Civic EX, gray
2014 Honda HRX217 (2)
2004 EX I4 5MT, Desert Mist, 175,552
2001 Accord EX I4 5MT, Satin Silver, oil slick at 86K
1999 EX-LV, Heather Mist, 146,567
1994 Accord LX I4 5 MT ABS, Malachite Green, 285k