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Old 01-09-2007, 05:04 PM   #1
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I've had my car since Aug 2003 and I never change the panel air filter until today. I've been planning to replace that darn air filter for a couple years now but I was too lazy to do it thinking that there was an air filter sitting in there.

Well, today was the day that I wanted to do this simple project. Went to the dealership and bought the filter from them. After removing the glove box assembly and removed the air filter cover, there were no filters to be found

I should've done this long time ago and for the past 3 years, I've been sniffing all the dust and all that pollen ishhh....
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Old 01-09-2007, 06:27 PM   #2
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I love the dust I sniff. Hope you got it from Perry with the discount I set up for us in VA Beach.
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Old 01-09-2007, 06:31 PM   #3
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I love the dust I sniff. Hope you got it from Perry with the discount I set up for us in VA Beach.
Yeah, I bought it from Perry. Any OEM item that I need, I buy it thru them.
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Old 01-10-2007, 12:16 AM   #4
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If you didn't get the filtration accessory from the dealer, then you have an empty spot. Are you surprised?
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Old 01-10-2007, 02:27 AM   #5
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Gee for a while I thought you ran your car without an air filter X_X
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Old 01-10-2007, 04:16 AM   #6
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I love the dust I sniff. Hope you got it from Perry with the discount I set up for us in VA Beach.
....I just GOTTA try some of THAT......

I'll pm ya the addy to ship to...


....that reminds me----I gotta check mine
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Old 01-11-2007, 10:53 AM   #7
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It's a dealer option and a pricy one at that.
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Old 01-11-2007, 03:35 PM   #8
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It's a dealer option and a pricy one at that.
....yep. That's why I opted to purchase & install most of my add-on accessories by myself (i.e. auto-dim/compass mirror, cabin filter, alarm, etc.). Most accessories are plug & play and the instructions Subaru provides are typically very clear.
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Old 01-12-2007, 02:02 PM   #9
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My wife's MY04 Forester did not have the air cabin filter. Dealer wanted $75 to install it. I just put it on later myself.
I am not mistaken, I believe MY06 was the first year the air cabin filter was standard on the Impreza model.
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Old 01-12-2007, 08:51 PM   #10
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I think the cabin filter housing is standard but, not the filter. Don't know which year they put filter housing in.
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Old 01-23-2007, 08:23 PM   #11
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Does the In-Cabin Filter do anything noticeble. I understand it filters the ou the Dust but Will I notice a difference.
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Old 01-23-2007, 09:03 PM   #12
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Probably not, unless maybe you have bad allergies.
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Old 01-23-2007, 09:19 PM   #13
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It may be somthing from me to think about with spring around the corner. i'll talk to brad tomorrow at Perry and see whats up.
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Old 01-23-2007, 10:04 PM   #14
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Does the In-Cabin Filter do anything noticeble. I understand it filters the ou the Dust but Will I notice a difference.
There have been pictures posted here of some very NASTY filters.

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Old 01-23-2007, 10:15 PM   #15
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Does the In-Cabin Filter do anything noticeble. I understand it filters the ou the Dust but Will I notice a difference.
Every filter I've replaced in my Subaru was noticeably soiled with dirt/dust and misc. debris wedged within its folds. ......if I had no filter, all of that gunk would have been circulated through the cabin.
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Old 01-24-2007, 07:57 AM   #16
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Every filter I've replaced in my Subaru was noticeably soiled with dirt/dust and misc. debris wedged within its folds. ......if I had no filter, all of that gunk would have been circulated through the cabin.
Im headed to the dealer with in the hour.
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Old 01-24-2007, 08:08 AM   #17
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Does the In-Cabin Filter do anything noticeble. I understand it filters the ou the Dust but Will I notice a difference.
definitely cuts down on dust - the interior of my car stays pretty clean (compared to my old car which didn't have one)

I have been using filters cut out of a large 3M Filtrete filter (the high end one) - costs less than the OEM filter (which is just a filter - no structure to it) and you get 4 to 8 filters out of it - probably does a better job filtering, too!
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Old 01-24-2007, 08:32 AM   #18
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The cabin filter will cut down on dust and larger particulates entering the cabin through the vents. It won't keep the car immaculate since it's not a sealed environment, but it does help. It will NOT keep chemicals and odors out, only an activated charcoal filter can do that.
Another advantage of having the filter is that it keeps leaves and other debris from reaching the vent fan and getting caught in the blades where it makes noise. The evaporator stays clean as well, when I removed mine a while back to do the AC freezing fix it was spotless thanks to the filter.
You are most likely to notice the filter's presence if you neglect it for a very long time, after which it will become clogged and there will be little or no airflow through the vents. If you have one you do need to check/service it periodically.
Here is an old but still relevant thread about making your own filters as DrD has mentioned-
http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/showthread.php?t=476514
As long as you are willing to spend a little bit of time making the filters up, this method can save you some $ compared with buying the dealer filters at $40 a pop.
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Old 01-24-2007, 10:09 AM   #19
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The biggist thing that I have noticed, was that the evap. and heater cores stay clean, meaning that there is none of the bad smells, and I think over time it will help with the life of the cores. The filter is located after the blower motor, so it will, as far as I know, not stop debris from getting into the blower fan.
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Old 01-24-2007, 04:51 PM   #20
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Anyone have any instructions/pics of where to place the filter?
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Old 01-24-2007, 05:26 PM   #21
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Anyone have any instructions/pics of where to place the filter?
.....check the link Mulder provided (two posts up from yours).
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Old 01-24-2007, 07:00 PM   #22
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yeah if u notice that your ac is not blowing as hard. it might be your cabin air filter. most people dont even know they have one... and subaru suggest to change them twice a year or 7500 miles i think it is....
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Old 01-24-2007, 09:19 PM   #23
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The filter is actually above the blower fan and ahead of it in the airflow path, so it will indeed keep leaves out of the fan. However if you get enough of them in there the airflow will be noticeably less so you'll have to open it up and clean the stuff out.
You can still get mildew in the evaporator from standing water due to AC operation, the filter won't help with that.
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