I just returned from getting a new oil filter for an upcoming change.
See, unlike most here, my '04 I5 is now sitting at just a bit less than
13K miles. So, although it's had 6 changes thus far, they are certainly
not a high frequency event. Pretty much an annual exercise now.
So, I ride into the dealer, ask for a filter for the vehicle, and the parts
guy says it requires a PF61. This rings a bell, so I agree. I recall that
the thing only costs <$6 at my regular dealer. But, as I pay another
person for the filter, it's now ~$10. I also notice that it's now a PF61E,
rather than the previous PF61.
Obviously, $3 or $4 a year will not slam me into poverty in the near
future. However, I thought I'd ask if this PF61(E)xpensive is truly an
improved replacement, or simply a new part number, box, and of
course, price. Seems like I'd seen this slight of hand pricing tactic
before on my Tahoe filters. A new suffixed filter was announced with
a new box, and a doubled price.
There is quite a bit of net activity on this subject, and since I found
no related comments for PF61E on this site, I selected the following
site's explanation as reference.
So anyone have any additional insight or comments?