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Old 01-24-2005, 09:29 PM   #1
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Default Subaru changed air filters?

I noticed my OEM replacement air filter looks different fromteh one I just removed. Is this a Subaru change, or is my dealership selling me an after-market filter at OEM prices?

Old (1st) vs New (2nd)

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Old 01-24-2005, 09:54 PM   #2
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my subaru filter has subaru written on the sides..
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Old 01-24-2005, 09:58 PM   #3
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jeez, i havent seen the filter yet in my car..I only have 7k miles. check out subaruparts.com for some pics to reference.
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Old 01-24-2005, 10:02 PM   #4
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My 04 has the filter on the top. I can't speak for the 05.
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Old 01-24-2005, 10:12 PM   #5
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top filter is stock issue, bottom is oem replacement.I like the replacement filters a lot more, they are oiled. the stock is paper. My theory is it's to keep american parts content higher, kinda like the oem champion plugs, but the replacements are ngks.

it's one way to tell if the customer ever changed the filter!
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Old 01-25-2005, 06:08 AM   #6
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I recently replaced my air filter and it was white also. But I don't rememeber if it had a grill. Same thing goes for the fuel filter. Replacement filters are silver instead of black.
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Old 01-25-2005, 07:29 AM   #7
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my car also came with one like the top one - the replacement filters have looked like the lower ones (white media) but didn't have the metal mesh.
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Old 01-25-2005, 12:58 PM   #8
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I read (back in 02) that the one at the top was treated with a slow evaporating viscous liquid. Are these available anymore?

Reference: Section 1 Subaru Service manual 2002 Model Year, pg. PM-16

"The filter paper of the element is wetted with a special non-inflammable slow-evaporating viscous liquid. Dirt adhering to this filter paper forms porous laminations with the viscous liquid, which function as a filtration layer to reduce dust penetration into the filter paper."
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Old 01-25-2005, 01:12 PM   #9
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Default There is another, true oiled paper OE filter...+ Nissan filter

Hi Rusty,

I went through the same experience here in Toronto.

First replacement I bought was like the white dry paper one with metal mesh - apparently this is the `economy' filter Subaru Canada sells.

Thanks to member of this board. I asked dealer about the `true' oiled paper one part # 16546AA020.
A few weeks later they got some in, supposedly from the States..
Price was more than the white one but I forget now.


For your info, filter of a Nissan Maxima VQ30 3/L is in exact same dimensions with oiled paper element (in yellow not red & the frame is plastic not metal) .Cheaper, too....
I do not know whether the red paper element works better than the yellow one of the Nissan. Anyone know?

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Old 01-26-2005, 01:29 PM   #10
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Impreza GC8 Different suppliers

Subaru uses different suppliers in Japan and North America, that's all. US-made replacement filters are of outstanding quality, by the way.

The "used" filter is still pristine. You do know the replacement interval is 60k miles?
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Old 01-26-2005, 05:30 PM   #11
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Subaru uses different suppliers in Japan and North America, that's all. US-made replacement filters are of outstanding quality, by the way.

The "used" filter is still pristine. You do know the replacement interval is 60k miles?
The "used" filter is far from pristine. You are looking at the "front" of the filter. On the back, most of the ridges were black and had all sorts of crap on them. 30k or 60k, it was time to change that filter!
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Old 01-28-2005, 12:38 PM   #12
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The "used" filter is still pristine. You do know the replacement interval is 60k miles?
The manual on my '03 WRX says to replace the air filter every 30k miles.
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Old 02-13-2005, 05:49 PM   #13
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In canada the subaru "cheapo" replacement is a white paper filter that looks to be made by fram (my untrained eye side by side comparison). I belive that the original air filter to be of MUCH better quality but unfortunally have been unable to locate one locally (i'm in BC, vancouver area)
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Old 02-13-2005, 05:51 PM   #14
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*edit*... another thing that i've noticed is the oil filters, while people in the states have oil filters made by purolator up in canada we have our subaru filters made by fram. IMHO they are junk compaired to what came on the car stock..... unfortunally $26 per jdm oil filter was a bit rich for my blood and hence i'm using the oem junk
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Old 02-13-2005, 07:00 PM   #15
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The manual on my '03 WRX says to replace the air filter every 30k miles.
I read 30K in my manual, unless the car is used in harsh or dusty environments, then it's 15K.

Personally, I go 15K. They only cost $11 if you buy them on Nabisco, and it can never hurt to have your car breathe a little easier.
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Old 02-14-2005, 09:32 AM   #16
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Yup; it's 30k. I like to check it every 15k and either replace it if needed or just turn it around (you'll notice in the top photo that the dirt concentrates in one area.)
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Old 02-14-2005, 11:17 AM   #17
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My Forester oem filter was oiled as I think all OEM and replacement filters are oiled. One must inspect these filters carefully as by oiled it appears to be a very light oil sprayed on. My Purolator from AutoZone? was red and oiled as well.
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