i have never had a problem with fram filters on an alfa. however, one time on the way back from willow springs, my friends fram filter fell apart on his dodge ram. all the crap passed on through his motor and fried it. i spent the rest of the night towing cars and his truck to my place from palmdale. in the race cars we run "fram racing" filters and have never had a problem...probably because we change them so often. anyways, this is great info to people who read this, can save all of us a lot of money in the future! thanks for the great post sniady!