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Oil filters

Mann vs Mahle, it's not the brand, it's the filter. Mann and Mahle both
offer a variety of filters, both at competitive prices. Each of the 2
filters you describe is meant to meet certain specifications, and using
the wrong filter COULD be catastrophic. BTW, Fram (sorry, I had to use
that F word), lists the filter for the Vanagon and the Golf as being the
same, yet there are vast differences in the specs, and we've seen
several Vanagons with oil system problems that we suspect to be filter
related. If you want to risk your 3 or 4 thousand dollar motor to save a
couple bucks, that's your business, but, as a professional and a shop
owner, I wouldn't do it. Hope this helps clear up any questions here.