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Old 06-01-2012, 09:16 AM   #701
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... and going to mine this weekend.. my word
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Old 06-01-2012, 10:51 PM   #702
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124K miles...

You can barely tell that the filter used to be white...

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Old 06-02-2012, 01:20 AM   #703
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I have 153xxx miles on my 05 sti... I'm going to change out the filter this week and I'm actually hoping the previous owner didn't replace it so I can get some good pics
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Old 06-05-2012, 09:23 AM   #704
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Subscribed.

Mine never has been changed... I bought my '07 WRX in May 2007 and saw this thread maybe a year ago but forgot...

I just PM'd my local Subie dealership parts person to see the price since I have Subie bucks I need to use so it will be free.

Dang... I'm kinda excited to see how bad mine is...
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Old 06-05-2012, 12:15 PM   #705
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just bought an 00 OBS, it rained yesterday and all the air coming out of my ac vents smelled very... musty. Definitely moved this to the top of my to-do list, pictures to be posted in a week or two. very disturbing/entertaining thread, props on the right up!
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Old 06-05-2012, 12:44 PM   #706
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all the air coming out of my ac vents smelled very... musty.
^ This! I've had that problem for a while now...
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Old 06-08-2012, 02:20 AM   #707
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Having worked in a lube shop for a year and changing these on all types of cars, I keep up on mine no doubt. I think Subaru says change every 2 years or 25k miles (might be 50k I don't remember exactly)? I would do it once a year.

I can't speak to the validity of the claims, but there are HEPA and non-HEPA filters. I would definitely go with the HEPA ones just for that added assurance. And really if you only change it once a year the price difference is totally justified in my mind.

I didn't look through all the pages in this post, but I've seen dead animals (usually of the rodent variety, but also some avian types) and feces in, on or around the cabin air filter.

Working on cars for a living equates to seeing some crazy and our disgusting stuff!
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Old 06-08-2012, 07:06 AM   #708
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I bought one from Annapolis Subaru and I used my Subaru Buck so I didn't have to pay for it.

Changing it this weekend.
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Old 06-08-2012, 07:10 AM   #709
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My 07 WRX didnt even have one installed when i bought it. I am quite happy that i have installed one though.
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Old 06-08-2012, 07:23 AM   #710
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My 07 WRX didnt even have one installed when i bought it. I am quite happy that i have installed one though.
Really?!

Damn. That's crazy. I'm going to do mine sometime this weekend.
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Old 06-08-2012, 10:02 AM   #711
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My 03 WRX didn't have one either, theres a spot for it, just no filter! so slapped one in while doing other checks! Good thing to have
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Old 06-08-2012, 11:26 AM   #712
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That's fairly common actually. I thought all newer subies had the filter installed, but I know for sure that scions and lower model toyotas don't have the filters from the factory.

I always thought it was strange for the filtration to be built in but skimp on the filter.

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Damn. That's crazy. I'm going to do mine sometime this weekend.
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Old 06-08-2012, 11:32 AM   #713
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I always thought it was strange for the filtration to be built in but skimp on the filter.
This! Very odd to me.
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Old 06-12-2012, 09:38 PM   #714
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just bought one, super excited to replace it tonight, pics to follow....

EDIT: Well unfortunately it appears that musty smell could not have been my cabin air filter because apparently my car does not have that option... which is weird because I was not aware that cabin air filters were the sort of thing that would be optional in cars, but whatever... guess I'll have to start looking for some other reason for the musty smell, way bummed! but props on the write up!

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Old 06-15-2012, 10:39 AM   #715
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Changed my Cabin Air Filter

Brand New (Left) vs Old w/ almost 90k miles (Right)



Up Close with old filter

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Old 06-15-2012, 10:46 AM   #716
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The USDM WRX GD didn't get cabin air filters IIRC. The STi did.
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Old 06-19-2012, 01:10 AM   #717
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The USDM WRX GD didn't get cabin air filters IIRC. The STi did.
They all should come with them!
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Old 06-20-2012, 09:29 PM   #718
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They should, but you know they gotta save that $2...

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Old 06-20-2012, 10:02 PM   #719
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They should, but you know they gotta save that $2...
yeah gotta save where ever they can...
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Old 06-22-2012, 06:32 PM   #720
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I gotta take pictures of mine and post them it looks pretty gross in there
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Old 07-11-2012, 11:12 AM   #721
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Just replaced mine. 2004 STI, I think it may be original with 75k miles. Luckly no mice or nests, but it was significantly dirty. Blower fan works much better now and there is no more "musty" smell.





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Old 07-11-2012, 11:39 AM   #722
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^^ yuck. I just replaced the filter in my wife's Civic after 70k miles. It looked very similar. The blower is definitely stronger, which is good since its been so damn hot.
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Old 07-21-2012, 07:35 PM   #723
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just added mine at 80k. my 2004 wrx never came one.
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Old 07-21-2012, 08:06 PM   #724
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Given the ongoing interest in this subject I may try to put in a better filer in my 2004 Forester. As I said previously, there wan none in the slot when I check about a year back. I decided to just cut a furnace filter to fit, and didn't take much care. So it may be time to look and see if my home-made filer is catching anything.
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Old 07-21-2012, 11:19 PM   #725
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Zoiks, scoob. I wonder who has the nastiest. We should have a contest.
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