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Old 06-03-2009, 01:36 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Cabin Air filter replacement in new Outback every year? Is it needed?

The dealer's Service Advisor, in repsonse to my question about whether I need a new air filter every 15,000 miles or 1 year, said it is not a bad idea but not required (Owner's manual says every 30,000 which seems a like a long time to me)


But she said it needs a new cabin air filter, under the dashboard, every year though, and the part costs $109, and they help keep dust out of the interior of the car. The owner's manual mentions this item as something yearly needing replacing.


I am supposed to be taking the car in for another oil change (I do them every 3,000 miles) and this came up.


The car is a 2008 Outback PZEV 2.5i, and is a nice one with no problems, and purchased new March 6, 2008 with 14,000 miles on it, the last LOF was at 11,000 miles. Last 3,000 miles were mostly highway but a lot in the California high desert which is very very dusty.

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My thoughts: this kind of BS is why I don't take my car to the dealer for routine mainenance. $109 to replace the cabin air filter is absurd! It seems they've found a real profit maker.

A new WIX brand (high quality) cabin air filter for your car costs $12.42 at rockauto.com. It is not hard to change yourself. It's behind the glove compartment, and I think they added an access hatch for it in 2008. For my 2007, it involved disassembling the glove compartment - not hard, but took about 20 minutes the first time. If there's an access hatch in your car, it will take a minute or two to change it.

You may or may not need to replace it every year. The only way to know is to periodically take it out and look at it.

The thing is not even really necessary - until recently, very few cars had them. You could remove it if you want to without affecting normal operation. I have bad allergies to pollen, and they really help during the worst seasons, so I really appreciate having the filter.

I just changed mine at 30,000 miles in my 2007. It was pretty dirty, but not completely clogged. I change it at 30,000 in our Pontiac Montana also. I have checked them at 15,000 and they are still OK. But it depends on your environment - how dusty, do you drive on dirt roads often, the amount of leaves and crap that fall in there, etc.

For comparison, at 30,000 miles my engine air filter was VERY dirty, much worse than the cabin air filter.
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Here is a write up on how to change it yourself:
Cabin Air Filter, DIY for $12 bucks

The car used was on 02 model, so it is the previous generation, but the process should be fairly similar for your OB.
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Here is a write up on how to change it yourself:
Cabin Air Filter, DIY for $12 bucks

The car used was on 02 model, so it is the previous generation, but the process should be fairly similar for your OB.
there is another do it yourself thread on changing it in a newer model, which is MUCH easier. It took me about 15 minutes the first time.

Yes, it was not clogged yet at 1 year old. But it was very dirty, and I'm glad it's there.
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That thread for the 2002 is nothing at all like the newer models.


Found the thread for 2008 (2009 is the same):
http://subaruoutback.org/forums/show...threadid=15559

It's somewhat less complicated than the 2007. The 2007 has some extra screws in the way of the upper storage box, then some screws under it to remove a metal bracket that's in the way. And instead of that nice access panel on the 2008, there is just a soft white fiber pad back there to cover the hole.
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That thread for the 2002 is nothing at all like the newer models.


Found the thread for 2008 (2009 is the same):
http://subaruoutback.org/forums/show...threadid=15559

It's somewhat less complicated than the 2007. The 2007 has some extra screws in the way of the upper storage box, then some screws under it to remove a metal bracket that's in the way. And instead of that nice access panel on the 2008, there is just a soft white fiber pad back there to cover the hole.
Wow, that's much easier than what I am about to do on our 03. Jealous.
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Wow, that's much easier than what I am about to do on our 03. Jealous.
You would really be jealous of my Pontiac. It's literally a 1 minute job, no tools required. Takes more time to get all the crap back in the glove box than to change the filter. One thing that GM did right.
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ok it was just replaced at 18,000 miles, The dealer is saying it needs it again at 24,000 miles. If this in NOT a warranty issue, do i need to do it? the price is expensive!
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ok it was just replaced at 18,000 miles, The dealer is saying it needs it again at 24,000 miles. If this in NOT a warranty issue, do i need to do it? the price is expensive!
They're just looking to milk you for easy profit. Once a year or even every other year is usually enough.
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