Dave B: I am not sure you will get a straight answer on why a OE filter is better than anything else. The obvious argument is that Saab will have selected the filter (filtration, capacity, flow rate, non-return valves etc) not match the engine while others might not be so fussy.
This argument rages in all car groups.
From my point of view, Saab engines, Saab maintained (which assumes OE parts) have a reputation for going on for ever. On this basis I would rather stick with the OE filter because it is a safe bet. And if Elkparts, German and Swedish and Eurocarparts can sell you one for £3 then why bother with non-OE?
But who knows who actually makes Saab filters. Maybe it is Champion, even though their own branded units are a different shape! I bet Saab don't make them. Still, I would stick with OEM until I was assured of the manufacturer who produces the Saab filters.
quarryeff posted 22-11-2001 19:02 UK
I may be being picky, but what is the reasoning behind buying two oil filters @ £2.75, then having to pay £8 delivery?
I just checked this and for UK the breakdown is as follows:
The price of genuine saab service parts at many specialists like elkparts, eurocarparts,
german & swedish are within pence of each other its best to use the one you like to use and stick to them ther are other specialist repairers who not only repair saabs but supply mail order new and used parts, who can also give you sound advice on fitting the parts you have purchased,I have just got a d.i.y service kit from Wheelton Garage, it includes oil filter, plugs,air filter,cabin filter and saab turbo oil,all for £56.00 inc vat and all are genuine saab boxed parts, and postage was only £7.00 these guys also know and love their saabs, they advertise in thr saab driver or call 01254 830119
Well I'll second that one..those guys (wheelton garage) have looked after my last 3 Saabs, after using 2 main dealers (fylde saab now bankrupt) then bay horse saab blackburn they are like a breath of fresh air...I was once told at bay horse saab whilst I was looking at a aero when waiting for the parts dept to bring me a brake switch for my 90 carlsson,"If your messing about with a brake switch you not really ready for an aero", and once when they replaced a cv boot and it split within 2 weeks "you must have caught it on some wire" I had done 140k on one cv boot and 120miles on the new one come on...the lads @ wheelton garage break loads of saabs and will sort you out with parts you need at a proper price,they are frendly and attentive they also make a good brew..do yourselves a favour need some parts.........as I have said in the past give them a call 01254 830119..tell them Mark recommended you..they have done me a lot of favours, just trying to give some back.........
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