What's your impression of the cartridge filter replacement process vs spin-on filter after having done a change on the Camry? What type of oil did you go with, ... Toyota since I recall you guys get it pretty cheap up there?
I went with Toyota Genuine Motor Oil 0W-20 (TGMO 0W20 as they describe it). Oil was $5.70 a liter, and the Toyota filter $7.83. Total with tax (5% here) for the 5 liters and filter was $38.15. They threw in the crush gasket for the oil pan drain plug. This is about as cheap as any oil change I have done, since starting to use synthetic. We don't get good buys on Mobil 1 that often, especially in 0W-20 grade.
I think the cartridge filter stinks, and as I posted before I think Toyota is doing it to try and discourage the DIY guys. Here are my reasons for disliking it:
1. Takes about 4 times as long to change compared to a spin on
2. Needs a special wrench
3. Has two places to leak - main body O-ring, drain plug O-ring, compared to one gasket on a spin on
4. The housing is plastic and easily damaged/cracked
5. The filter element is small. I like the physical size of the good old Fram PH-8A, i.e. BIG!
6. You can only partly fill it with oil before screwing it back in place, while you can usually totally fill a cartridge filter for vertical applications like this one.
7. If there is any debris like metal flakes or sediment in the housing it is difficult to clean. Everything goes to waste when you change a spin on.
8. The housing and drain back valve assembly is complicated and I suspect susceptible to being mis-assembled.
9. I don't buy the minimum waste argument. The cartridge costs more than a spin on (waste of my money!). Two O-rings are wasted, and there is that goofy plastic drain spout that is wasted too.
10. That drain spout doesn't really work that well. It is hard to push in, and when it finally does go in, you get oil all over you anyway. Probably will not use it next time.
11. And you really should have a torque wrench to install the filter at 19 ft-lbs, and the filter drain plug at 10 ft-lbs. You just hand tighten a spin on.
Now I suspect you wish you did not ask!
I did pick up a glossy pamphlet at the dealer on their oil. It said since the 2011 model year, most Toyota vehicles are factory filled with their TGMO 0W20, and that it is suitable for most vehicles going back to 2000. The oil container also says it not only meets API and ILSAC standards, but also meets Toyota specific standards for wear. Perhaps their wear test requirement is the reason for them custom blending with the high moly additive package.
Short story? Toyota has some good ideas, but the cartridge filter is not one of them!!!!