I tried searching for this several times but I didn't find anything about which fuel filter to use when doing a replacement. Should I stick to the genuine toyota filters or does fram just make a nice cheap filter that works just as well?
The overall opinion that I've seen on most threads involving fuel filters seemed to be to stick with OEM. I guess nobody's really tested to see if there was any significant difference between OEM and aftermarket.
OEM. However, regardless of which filter you choose, time and mother nature (read: rust) may make getting the engine-side compression fitting a b!tch to loosen. I finally had to take my '96 with 220,000 miles to the dealer and have them replace the filter. YMMV. I purchased my filter from trdparts4u.com. Low prices and great customer service.