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Old 08-04-2001, 11:44 AM
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Anyone hear of "OE" Brand Oil Filters ??

There's an auction running on eBay right now for a 10-lot of oil filters for the 602/603 engine. They are "OE" Brand and are packaged in a black, red, and yellow box. The rubber gaskets are included.

The description says "meets or exceeds manufacturer requirements".

The going price right now is $19.99 plus shipping for all ten .

I'm not usually one to buy anything less than tried and true brands when it comes to the cars, but this seems like an excellent price.

What do you think? It's not like I need them, as I have 11 filters left from my last Partsshop order, but at this price, it almost seems hard to pass up.
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Old 08-04-2001, 11:59 AM
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Amazing as it may seem, I have seen OE brand parts. I happened to stop into a hole in the wall shop in Aruba because it had BOSCH written all over it. The owners name turned out to be Bosch. I saw a number of boxes of front end and clutch pieces (about all they did) with that brand on them.

I got a personal chuckle at the name at the time.

To me it is a name steeped in deception, created for the sole purpose of misinforming ignorant consumers. It obviously would never be used in the US as we have smarter consumers than that.

They might be good filters but I wouldn't take a chance with my customers cars let alone my own. There is a shelf life to paper filters and that would be another reason not to buy a pig-in-a-poke.
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Old 08-04-2001, 12:42 PM
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Steve,

What do you use as a rule of thumb for shelf life on filters (presuming that the filters are not sealed in a plastic bag)?
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Old 08-04-2001, 01:09 PM
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I speak from observation only. I have never read of a particular time. I have seen the results of filters that sat but have no feel for the time frame. I have seen filters with the paper crumbling, I have seen filters with the pleets stuck together, I have seen paper glazed from either hydrocarbon vapors or treating chemicals till they were impervious.

I would not like to use filters I knew to be over 2 years old, but that would be my factor of safety. I have no idea whether they don't spend that long in normal distribution, but I doubt it.
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Old 08-04-2001, 03:07 PM
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Thanks for your thoughts. As a result of my aviation experience (and awareness within the maintenance manuals to inspect the integrity of filters), I've always made a habit of inspecting the filter prior to use. Is the seal hard, cracked, glazed, etc? Is the media hard, cracked, etc? Sounds like we do pretty much the same thing.

As a shadetree I always keep about a 12 month supply of filters on the shelf and towards the end , order in the next years. Haven't had a problem yet.

I don't think I would be going out on a limb to say that for Mercedes (Hengzt, Mahl, etc) they watch their inventory very closely for overstock conditions for business reasons and that "old" stock is therefore a mute point (at least until one of the warehousemen sez "Hey, check this out. These were made when I was born.....".

Born on dating never made sense to me for beer, but it does for batteries and tires and probably should for rubberized and paper products, e.g. radiator/heater hoses (which they seem to do for Benz), fan and serpentine belts, spark plug wire and filters.

And hey you scamps at Daimler/Chrysler who scan these boards for your next "great" idea, don't forget where you saw it written first. DIBBBBBS

Cheers everybody!!!
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Old 08-04-2001, 03:58 PM
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Unhappy Sorry, I Was Wrong...

I thought, "Damn, here's some dumbass that doesn't know that OE stands for "Original Equipment". Lo and behold, there actually is a company that makes filters under the name "OE+". But you did leave off the "+"...

For future reference, here's a link to their webpage under construction:

www.reman.com/oeltd.htm

And JRBrown, FYI, ALL beer has a sell-by date. The "born-on dating" is a clever marketing ploy for the general public to be sucked in to believing is just done by that one brewer, but the reality is that any beer is best when fresh, and will deteriorate, go flat, get sour, and be unsaleable after a prescribed time...
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Old 08-04-2001, 09:26 PM
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And here I've thought that the Red Horse beer I was drinking in the Phillipines in the 80's was spiked with formaldyhide to avoid the "born on date".

Sometimes my dark sense of humor does not convey well electronically.

Interesting that someone else wants to "play" in the filter market. When you can buy OEM (Hengst) filter kits for a 1980 450SEL for about $5 each kit, there isn't much margin there. I'll stick with OEM, vice OE+. Wonder what the "+" stands for? Oh the possibilities. Another day.....
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Old 08-04-2001, 09:55 PM
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Black Star Golden Lager...

Ice Cold, being enjoyed as I read this...

Sorry if I misunderstood, but ah takes my beer seriously. Well, as seriously as you can take ice cold fermented liquid bread...
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Old 08-04-2001, 10:19 PM
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OE = Austria

FWIW, OE is like a country code assigned to Austria, much the same way as radio or TV station call letters in the US all start with K or W, and US registered airplanes have tail numbers which start with N.
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Old 08-04-2001, 11:48 PM
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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!!
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Old 08-07-2001, 02:12 PM
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They date beer because when in the warehouse...lazy movers won't stack the new shipment of beer to the bottom of the stack but instead just stack it on top of the older stuff until eventually the stock gets used to the bottom and people are drinking beer where you were born.
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