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Old 04-10-2013, 01:35 PM   #1
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Default Cabin Air Filter

I was told by my dealer that the US version of the 2012 Impreza doesn't have a cabin air filter but I see it listed in the manual and it doesn't exclude the US version(like some other features). Has anyone verified that the US version has a cabin air filter? If it does have one, does anyone who is making good cabin air filters nowadays?

The manual says replace every 7,500 miles so I am about 28K miles overdue if it does have one.
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Old 04-10-2013, 01:45 PM   #2
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Yes we do have one, I just changed mine last week. The OEM one is good enough for most but I got a WIX 24030 from Amazon. Another member on here compared a couple different filters and the WIX looked a lot more substantial than OEM.
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Old 04-10-2013, 01:49 PM   #3
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Awesome. Thanks for the quick reply and for the advice.
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Old 04-10-2013, 03:09 PM   #4
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Old 04-10-2013, 06:01 PM   #5
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I got my car in Feb '12 and replaced it in May. I'll be replacing it again around May and each year in May after everything buds because with so many pine trees here in North Carolina, the pollen is brutal. I've had allergies my entire life so I'm changing it every 12 months like the book says
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Old 04-10-2013, 08:06 PM   #6
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Default cabin air filter review

by request fyi dealer charges like $65 and up to change cabin air filter

Before allergy season picks up.
bold statement here: So subaru cabin air filters are junk
pulled my filter at 5k to take a look at it and I was shocked how cheap the filter element was. So I decided to do a comparison between the oem filter, the wix filter and the atp filter

OEM
MSRP 26.95
Online Price 20.21

rockauto prices:
ATP Part # CF194
12.18
or
ATP Part # RA101 (carbon)
14.72


WIX Part # 24030
18.60


The subaru filter is like a 1 ply toilet paper. You can literally see thru the filter
element it has maybe 2 layers. The atp filter has about 3 layers and is soft like a charmin toilet paper. The wix was just wow, not only was the filter constructed well but the filter element was robust, thick, and definitely higher quality than the oem and the atp. As the oem element is such rubbish I can see why it needs to be changed at 7.5k. The atp while an improvement on the oem filter could probably be run to 12k/1year. The wix element can definitely pull 12k/1year. As I have always run wix filters I am sure this will hold up well in dirty nyc traffic. I will still change them twice a year and they are definitely worth the price. If you have allergies and want something with ALOT more filtering power definitely get the wix. I of course spritzed it with some fabreze for that
outdoor smell.


OEM at 5k
looks like thin cheap cotton swabs



wix filter in the middle, atp filter on the far right


oem filter at 8k on the left, oem filter at 5k on the right
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Old 04-10-2013, 08:56 PM   #7
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How does one access this filter?
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Old 04-10-2013, 09:24 PM   #8
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check your owners manual, just gotta remove the hook on side of glove blox, squeeze glove box and it comes out. then change filter, there are youtube vids my explanation is crap at best
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Old 04-10-2013, 09:45 PM   #9
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How does one access this filter?
And where is the wix filter 18 bucks? I see it on amazon for 25.
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Old 04-10-2013, 09:51 PM   #10
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notice the part of my write up that says rockauto.com
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Old 04-10-2013, 11:10 PM   #11
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Also for everyine watch out for mice nest! I deal with cabin filters everyday for my job if signs of mice or affraid of mice eating your filter use peppermint and put a Lil bit on the filter dont get crazy with it but just a Lil. It has a string scent just some info if anyone has witnessed it or does not want there filter woth a whole
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Old 04-11-2013, 06:40 AM   #12
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notice the part of my write up that says rockauto.com
My bad
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Old 04-11-2013, 08:55 AM   #13
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Also for everyine watch out for mice nest! I deal with cabin filters everyday for my job if signs of mice or affraid of mice eating your filter use peppermint and put a Lil bit on the filter dont get crazy with it but just a Lil. It has a string scent just some info if anyone has witnessed it or does not want there filter woth a whole

for anyone that lives in nyc watch out for mice and check your engine air filter and air box damn rodents
should probably add spiders to that list, spiders loved my accord, so far none in the subi just an errant
fruit fly. I enjoyed my hondas yellow sac spider tsb.

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Honda hasn't announced a recall, as Mazda did when the yellow sac spiders were found in Mazda6 sedans, but it has notified dealers to be on the lookout.

The web of mystery continues — Mazda is no longer the only automaker with a spider problem.

The same yellow sac spider that sparked a recall of 65,000 Mazda6 sedans also likes to nest in Honda Accords.

Honda Motor Co. hasn't announced a recall but has notified its dealers to be on the lookout for the spider. The company has issued what is known as a technical service bulletin telling Honda mechanics how to fix the problem.

"It was the same scenario and the same breed of spider. It would get in there and create a blockage that would create problems," said Chris Martin, a Honda spokesman.

Honda doesn't have a record of how many times it has spotted the problem but said it was big enough to put out the alert. Otherwise, mechanics could be spending many hours searching for the source of the problem, and that would run up the bill for Honda if the cars were still under warranty, or for the owners after the warranty expired.

Martin said Honda believes the spider, whose Latin name is Cheiracanthium inclusum, is crawling into the system through the fuel tank door on the outside of the car. The doors fit snugly but are not airtight, to avoid trapping water and debris, he said.

From there the bug probably is crawling down the vent hole, where there is a hidden, snug space, he said.

"It seems pretty random, and we don't have data on regions," Martin said.

Among Hondas, the spider problem shows up the most often in 2008 and 2009 model-year Accords. Mazda Motor Corp. is finding the spiders in Mazda6 cars from the 2009 and 2010 model years.

Mazda said spiders nesting in tiny rubber hoses linked to fuel tank systems could cause pressurization and ventilation problems in certain cars. That could lead to fuel leaks or even fires, though there are no reports of such incidents.

The yellow sac spider is indigenous to all but the most northern states in the U.S. and accounts for a large percentage of spider bites in America. For most people, the bites lead to about the same irritation as a mosquito bite, although in some cases they cause a more severe reaction.
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Old 04-11-2013, 09:31 AM   #14
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For those wondering:


No thanks! I had a spare feather in mine, along with remnants of leaves.
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Old 04-11-2013, 11:04 AM   #15
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There is an importer in GB that buys stuff from the US, they have a procedure for imports, they all go into a big sealed building and get inspected by employees who when they find something nip it right there, this time it was black widows, they leave, close the door and pump it full of gas then leave it for a couple of weeks. Some of those containers are in transit for months so they have time to breed.
Now Australia on the other hand, nothing like finding a brown snake in your warm engine bay to make your day.
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Old 04-11-2013, 11:42 AM   #16
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Sorry if this has been answered already, but can anyone confirm the proper WIX Filter number for the 2012 Impreza Sport? Angelus911 said it was the WIX 24030, but when I visit
Amazon's pageAmazon's page
for this filter, it says it doesn't fit the 2012 Impreza. Is Amazon wrong (they've been wrong before!). Thanks guys for clearing this up for me!
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Old 04-11-2013, 12:22 PM   #17
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I enjoyed my hondas yellow sac spider tsb.

http://articles.latimes.com/2011/mar...iders-20110309




...wow. USDM yellow sac spider mod
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Old 04-11-2013, 01:20 PM   #18
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Sorry if this has been answered already, but can anyone confirm the proper WIX Filter number for the 2012 Impreza Sport? Angelus911 said it was the WIX 24030, but when I visit Amazon's page for this filter, it says it doesn't fit the 2012 Impreza. Is Amazon wrong (they've been wrong before!). Thanks guys for clearing this up for me!
aeoporta gave the WIX 24030 part number and I ordered that and installed it last week - it's the right one, it fits.
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Old 04-11-2013, 01:52 PM   #19
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Even covered 17k worth of crap my old filter was still lighter than the wix I replaced it with
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Old 04-11-2013, 02:25 PM   #20
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aeoporta gave the WIX 24030 part number and I ordered that and installed it last week - it's the right one, it fits.
Thank you! Ordering now
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Old 04-11-2013, 02:56 PM   #21
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watch out for those spiderz and killer beez yo!
they will get ya
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Old 04-15-2013, 12:30 PM   #22
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Anyone have any opinions on the MANN cabin filter for our cars? Much cheaper than the WIX, reviews seem good on Amazon and they have a good reputation as a filter company!

Mann Filter MC 1077 Cabin Air Filter : Amazon.com : AutomotiveMann Filter MC 1077 Cabin Air Filter : Amazon.com : Automotive
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Old 04-15-2013, 01:08 PM   #23
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Mann is oem for the German makes. They make great filters.
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Old 04-15-2013, 08:33 PM   #24
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test them and report back on quality and etc if I can find one at a local automotive store I might pop it open to see how the filter material compares to the wix.
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Old 04-15-2013, 08:38 PM   #25
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test them and report back on quality and etc if I can find one at a local automotive store I might pop it open to see how the filter material compares to the wix.
I would, but I figured out a way to split my order up between amazon and rockauto to stay within the budget I wanted to spend on everything I was getting, and still get the WIX filter.
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