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Old 04-21-2013, 07:49 AM   #1 (permalink)
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As part of my 15,000 mile maintenance check, the dealer inspected the cabin air filter on my 2012 Outback. They recommended replacement at a cost of $80!!! This seemed very expensive so I did some research online and found the following link:

I bought a replacement filter at a local NAPA store (all auto parts stores carry some version of a replacement filter) for $16 and replaced it myself in 5 minutes. No tools or mechanical expertise required!

For this particular maintenance, DIY was the way to go. Hope this is useful.
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We have a few threads on it. I think you can get it down to $11 if you mail ordered the filter.

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Thanks. Brand new to this whole forum/thread thing...so many posts to sort through!
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I just changed my filter with a Fram filter. The instructions that came with the filter said to place the arrow facing down. The instructions my Subaru book said the arrow should face up. Any ideas? Thanks.
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I just changed my filter with a Fram filter. The instructions that came with the filter said to place the arrow facing down. The instructions my Subaru book said the arrow should face up. Any ideas? Thanks.
Follow the arrow for air-flow that is indicated on the cover of the cabin air filter and arrow that is marked on the filter itself. My cabin air filter came upside down from the factory assembly line - could be a "typo" in car's manual.... It's not a big deal, if the filter is inverted though... it filters OK but it may bulge out, if not inserted properly. I've just replaced mine with NAPA Gold cabin air filter - cost $ 10.00
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As jogosub said, the NAPA Gold filter is only $10. I got 2 when I went to get one
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As jogosub said, the NAPA Gold filter is only $10. I got 2 when I went to get one
NAPA dealers regularly have huge filter sales - up to 50% off. I wait and buy filters in quantity for all my vehicles, and stick them on the shelf. You can sign up for email notices by visiting your local store. I haven't noticed an online way to sign up.

The Just Rolled Into The Shop site is full of pics of nasty cabin air filers - decades old, rat's nest, moldy, hairy, nutty, leaves, mice, you name it. The scary thing to think about is what the inside of an older HVAC system withhout a filter looks like. Yikes.

Here are the newest cabin air filter pics:





An older post titled "Customer refused new cabin air filter:



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Actually, I think there is a way. If I am not mistaken, Budaru signed up for the email notifications from Napa that comes each and every 6 months...
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Actually, I think there is a way. If I am not mistaken, Budaru signed up for the email notifications from Napa that comes each and every 6 months...
Almost right. I looked up cabin and engine air filters on Amazon and found Fram filters that looked good. I like buying from Amazon because I get free shipping with Prime and, well, I'm lazy. The Napa cabin filter locally was $13.95 and the Fram from Amazon was $14.87. However if you "subscribe" from Amazon to receive the filter every 1-6 months, it's only $12.67. I picked six months and subscribed to the engine filter as well. They will send both filters to me every six months, and I can cancel at any time without penalty. The cabin filter is here:

Amazon.com: FRAM CF10285 Fresh Breeze Cabin Air Filter: Automotive Amazon.com: FRAM CF10285 Fresh Breeze Cabin Air Filter: Automotive
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Hmmm ... got the sourcing mixed up... sorry about that.... haven't taken my noon nap yet and it shows....LOL
Those filters from Amazon (Frams) seem to have some charcoal in them so they may be eliminating some odor as well...good choice!
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