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Sorry, didn't know what else to put in the title. I'm a newbie here, but I've been a BiTOG member for over 2 years. I've got an 88 Toyota Corolla that's going to be due for an oil change in the next few weeks, and I don't know which oil I am going to use next. The car is just a beater, body is pretty much shot, but it still runs fairly well. I'm running 5w30 Maxlife conventional and a Fram oil filter. Since this next oil change will take me into the winter, I really don't want to have to do another oil change til spring, since I'll probably be getting rid of the car by then anyway. I was thinking of either running Maxlife synthetic 5w30, or good ol' 0w30 german Castrol syntec. Maxlife synthetic is $7.99 a quart, Syntec is $8.99 a quart. I like the idea of a high mileage synthetic oil, but would it hold up til spring in my car? I also like 0W oils for easier cold weather starting too. Can't decide what to do...maybe you people can help me?
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Good idea Djordan. And in the same spirit, here is a filter comparisons web page someone recently put together:
http://home.mindspring.com/~cewhite3nc/index.html
It compares many cross reference versions of the Motorcraft 820 filter. Note the Wix does not have the threaded end bypass, but all Wix filters I get for my Fords do have a threaded end bypass, so if you have a Ford, don't write off Wix for the bypass until you check your specific application.

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