Thanks to everyone who responded here. I've decided to pass on these "OE+" oil filters. Got to thinking...how much sense does it make to spend $20+ / gal on Delvac 1 oil only to skimp on the filter. I'll stick to the Bosch or equivalent sold on PartsShop. Since I already have 11 of these, the shelf life is of another concern.
longston -- I was LMAO about your comment about thinking someone didn't know what "OE" meant. LOL!!
Sold: 1987 MB 300SDL, 320k miles, Astral Silver, Blue Leather, all books and records from day one.
Totalled: 1998 VW Jetta TDI, 488k miles, Classic Green/Gray Leather, loaded, E-Codes, "Slightly" modded, "Slightly" faster than stock, arrived 11/07/1997.
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