Hello everyone here at BITOG! I've been reading throughout this forum and see that there are many knowledgeable members. I'm confident that I'll learn a thing or two here (I'll have to start off with all the abbreviations/acronyms I've seen; reminds me of my time in the Air Force). A little bit about me: I'm just a regular guy that likes cars. I'm currently unemployed but I don't plan on being unemployed much longer. I have previous employment within the retail industry (electronics and cellular) but I'm looking for a 'career' change. Years ago I was a medic in the USAF. Enough about me... ...I'm currently the proud owner of a 2009 Liquid Red Pontiac G8 GT (6.0L L76 V8). I purchased it June of 2009 and it currently has just over 9K miles on the odometer. The OLM (Oil Life Monitor?) still hasn't alerted me of a need for an oil change (OnStar says I still have about 10% oil life left), but I'm not waiting any longer. I'm planning on a 10K OCI (Oil Change Interval?) and have narrowed down my choices of oil and filters. I would like everyone's opinion. Here is my situation: *Since I am currently unemployed, I have to stay within a reasonable price point. *I'm not a slow-poke behind the wheel. I think my gas pedal is made out of solid lead. *I live in Connecticut (everything from blizzards to heat waves). *Once I do get employment, I'll most likely have to deal with heavy traffic on I-95 (up to 20 miles each way). *The Pontiac G8 GT requires almost 9 quarts of 5W-30 oil that meets GM6094M. Normally I wouldn't mind the high end products (AMSOIL & RedLine seem to be highly rated) but I can't justify the price of those brands, especially since I can get a 5 quart jug of Mobil1 at WalMart for $23.50. Now I know Mobil1 isn't as good, but it certainly isn't bad. In fact, based on info available on AMSOIL's own site found here, I feel that AMSOIL and RedLine are not worth an additional $50 dollars or so, even with employment, but I do love my car. So I won't rule those options out in the future. So I have decided on purchasing Mobil1 0w-30 at the above mentioned price (it's one of the few brands available in 0W-30), but I'm having a harder time picking an oil filter. The easy thing to do, I guess, is to get a 'matching' filter with this brand of oil: Mobil1 Extended Performance Oil Filter. However, I do have one eye on Royal Purple and the other on Fram Xtended Guard. I don't mind spending a little extra on the filter. So, what are the pros and cons of the the oil I have picked out? Which of the above oil filters should I use? Are there better alternatives that fit my needs? Thanks to everyone in advance!