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Old 20th February 2007
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Default Oil filter cost

Does anyone have an explaination for why the cost of saab oil filters went up? I remember buying a case of filters last year from eeuroparts for around 50 dollars... a little more than 4 dollars a filter. Now prices are around 7-8 dollars per filter.
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Well, it seems someone started buying them by the case, with reduced supply and drove up the cost. The ol' law of supply and demand.
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Default That's why I use Ford filters.....

All kidding aside, I use Motorcraft FL400S filters or the Purolator branded equivalent (Purolator makes this filter for Ford) at $3 to $4 each. This filter fits half or more of Ford's truck V8 engines as well as the 2.4 litre turbocharged engine Chrysler puts in the PT Cruiser.

Twice the size of a Saab branded filter at half the price, and still a quality made oil filter.

A Ford branded filter, intended for a Chrysler engine, installed on a Saab. Makes sense to me!
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They're now GM filter and not Saab filters.

You may be able to track down the OE manufacturer of the old filters.
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They're now GM filter and not Saab filters.

You may be able to track down the OE manufacturer of the old filters.
Well not really... I mean they only fit the Saab
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They're now GM filter and not Saab filters.
I doubt that's why they are more expensive.
They are more expensive because, as has been said, there isn't nearly the demand there used to be. Just wait 5 more years and see how much a DI costs us then.
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I don't know about that... that filter fits pretty much every Saab with a 4 cylinder engine save the 9-3 SS with the cartridge filter. Eventually they are phasing towards cartridge but there are still a lot of Saabs out there that need their oil squeaky clean
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I doubt that's why they are more expensive.
I meant it as the reason the price changed. Lots of parts have been relisted with different numbers and a different price.

In the case of the filters, the price changed when that part was relisted and appeared as a GM filter.

And yeah, it's zip to do with demand as the 4-cyl filter fits (nearly) all 4-cyl Saab engines!
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All kidding aside, I use Motorcraft FL400S filters or the Purolator branded equivalent (Purolator makes this filter for Ford) at $3 to $4 each. This filter fits half or more of Ford's truck V8 engines as well as the 2.4 litre turbocharged engine Chrysler puts in the PT Cruiser.

Twice the size of a Saab branded filter at half the price, and still a quality made oil filter.

A Ford branded filter, intended for a Chrysler engine, installed on a Saab. Makes sense to me!
Good strategy.

I bought a case of K&N oil filters a while back, think they were in the $6 or 7 each category.
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I use MANN oil filter. Made in Germany. Maybe you don't know this brand because they produce many genuine filter

Quite cheap. Very good stuff.
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MAnnn make the SAAB filters - even the same colour - saw a good article on filters where an engineer bought a load, opened them up & compared - SAAB = MANN.
In similar article guy who worked for MARF (anag) filters said he would never use one in any vehicle he owned ..........
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All kidding aside, I use Motorcraft FL400S filters or the Purolator branded equivalent (Purolator makes this filter for Ford) at $3 to $4 each. This filter fits half or more of Ford's truck V8 engines as well as the 2.4 litre turbocharged engine Chrysler puts in the PT Cruiser.

Twice the size of a Saab branded filter at half the price, and still a quality made oil filter.

A Ford branded filter, intended for a Chrysler engine, installed on a Saab. Makes sense to me!
This is the way to go,IMO.
An engine is an engine - a filter is a filter - the greater the volume of sales, the lower the price...
I use the $2 (on sale) Purolator filters..
We do live in inflationary times..
I still have one leftover Saab 99 filter element..hate to think what that relic would go for today.
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