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Old 02-09-2008, 09:54 PM   #1
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Default Cabin Air Filter...(I know its been covered)

Let me first start off by saying I know its been covered many times but I have questions that were not covered. First off on my 02 I do have the slot for it but no filter, is it going to do me any harm to not have this filter? (the motor has 95k on it right now and I doubt it ever had a cabin air filter) Second suppose I do want want to cover up the sometimes offensive smells outside between making your own and buying the OEM one which is better? I know making your own is about 1/5 the price but if the OEM one works better I would rather have that. Last I know a regular furnace filter can be had most anywhere for almost nothing but as far as an OEM one (if I go that route) where would the best deal lie, obviously not the stealership so my guess is some online subaru parts site?

Thanks for the input
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Old 02-09-2008, 10:20 PM   #2
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The cabin filter has nothing to do with the engine so your mileage is irrelevant.
The filter was an option, not having it isn't detrimental other than having allowed some crud to get into the HVAC and evaporator that would otherwise have been kept out.
If you do install it now, note that it's just a dust filter, not carbon or HEPA so it will remove some dust and particles but not odors.
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Old 02-09-2008, 10:25 PM   #3
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http://www.iwsti.com/forums/how-inst...ilter-how.html

I came across this thread a while ago
It provides pretty good information about cabin air filter
Take a look at the entire thread
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Old 02-10-2008, 01:21 AM   #4
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About 3 months ago I installed a cabin filter in my 02 wrx. Mine didn't come with one. I think the newer models come with one not sure though. I bought one from ebay for 14$ shipped. Get one, follow the link above, install and you're done. Remember, you're going to have to change it in a year or less, it's going to get dirty.

Ebay filter

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/AIR-C...7578QQtcZphoto

That's the seller I got mine from, install time; about 20 min. from start to finish.
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Old 04-30-2008, 06:40 PM   #5
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I just got a filter from Auto Zone and it cost $12... it fits almost perfectly. It is a Purolator "Breathe Easy" C38188

I did the Home Depot special last time, but I was very unhappy with the filtering capability (had lots of dust making it past the filter and into my AC system) so I went with a real cabin air filter this time.
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Old 04-30-2008, 10:48 PM   #6
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does the 2.5i come with cabin air filter?
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Old 04-30-2008, 11:41 PM   #7
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The really cheapassed way to do it is to go to Lowes and buy one of the huge furnace filters. You can get a hypoallergenic whizz-bang amaze-o-filter for like $20 and then cut 6 to 8 car filters out of it.
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Old 05-07-2008, 12:25 AM   #8
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I just got a filter from Auto Zone and it cost $12... it fits almost perfectly. It is a Purolator "Breathe Easy" C38188

I did the Home Depot special last time, but I was very unhappy with the filtering capability (had lots of dust making it past the filter and into my AC system) so I went with a real cabin air filter this time.
did you need to trim the purolatr filter or was it a direct fit?
looking to do mine soon too
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Old 05-07-2008, 12:39 AM   #9
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i hava a question. lets say you go to an auto parts place and they dont have it.
is there another car that uses a similar if not same size that you could use?
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Old 05-07-2008, 01:36 AM   #10
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http://www.car-stuff.com/carparts/su...101121068.html

$12.02 + $6.95 = $18.97 shipped


it seems that the 01-05 RAV4 cabin filter is interchangeable

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