Canister Oil Filters
The canister oil filters are of a better construction than the original fortwo and Roadster paper filters. There are a few things to consider before just picking up any old filter from a car spares shop.
Fortwo 450 and Roadster 452
If you wish to fit a canister style filter, you need to fit an oil filter adapter seen here.
With one of these fitted you can fit many types of oil filter.
You will have to check what thread you need, it will either be M20 or 3/4 inch UNF.
The diameter of the filter should be about 70mm at the base.
The height is usually a standard 3 inches.
The 451 takes a canister filter as standard so no adapter is required.
The standard filter is a Mitsubishi 1230A040. 70mm diameter, 50mm high, M20 thread.
As you can see, the smart standard filter is a lot shorter than a regular canister filter.
Can I Use A Regular Filter Instead?
Depends how brave you are. a regular M20 filter will screw on so as long as it
is about 70mm in diameter it will fit fine. The problem is with the extra length.
I mocked up a tube that covered the standard filter to show how long a regular filter would be.
As you can see, it hangs down a fair way, you can even see it from the front of the car.
It leaves it very exposed to things in the road so I wouldn't recommend it.
Gonzalo has contacted us saying that the Mann oil filter W67/1 should fit fine.
Worldwide Filter List 450 & 452 Only
These are all submitted by the people listed next to each filter. I cannot say if they are right.
3/4' UNF Thread: UK
MANN W68/1 (CrazyG)