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Title: Subaru Cabin Air Filter
Post by: GrantC on January 14, 2008, 02:49:46 PM
I guess it works, because mine was darn nasty when I changed it.

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2076/2192903885_dd5359ef25.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/69663188@N00/2192903885/)

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2066/2193688832_216950b5f8.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/69663188@N00/2193688832/)

Next time I'll probably look at making my own from furnace filters due to the cost.
Title: Re: Subaru Cabin Air Filter
Post by: wingless on January 18, 2008, 06:43:08 PM
I read that you can use air filters... do you know what size?

(and they're cut in 4 or something?)
Title: Re: Subaru Cabin Air Filter
Post by: GrantC on January 18, 2008, 08:54:12 PM
Quote from: "wingless"
I read that you can use air filters... do you know what size?

(and they're cut in 4 or something?)

Hrm, good point... I really should have measured it before I installed it.

oh well... I'll find the size later. :P
Title: Re: Subaru Cabin Air Filter
Post by: STI_Crazy on January 18, 2008, 08:57:07 PM
How often should you change it?
Title: Re: Subaru Cabin Air Filter
Post by: wingless on January 18, 2008, 09:15:08 PM
I found this info... I'm going to take a look this weekend.

http://http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/showthread.php?t=476514
Title: Re: Subaru Cabin Air Filter
Post by: STI_Crazy on January 18, 2008, 09:17:36 PM
Interesting. Well since i still have Subaru money left in my card, i'd keep buying the OEM one and i'll even get a few extra just in case when i get a chance. But this is good to know just in case...
Title: Re: Subaru Cabin Air Filter
Post by: Waller on January 18, 2008, 11:58:07 PM
How much are they?
Title: Re: Subaru Cabin Air Filter
Post by: jonny on January 19, 2008, 12:03:10 AM
wow, which reminds me... i've gotta do this.. i havent changed it since i bought the car :S and who knows when the previous owner last changed it :S
Title: Re: Subaru Cabin Air Filter
Post by: Stage2 on January 19, 2008, 12:12:28 AM
You know i just had my car for a little over a year and had to change mine.  I play a lot of hockey and seriosuly my car started to stink like sweaty goalie equipment.  It was disgusting when i turned on the heat or a/c.  I paid $60 for mine at the dealer i didn't want to wait for it online but ordered two which is coming on its way from subaru genuine parts.
Title: Re: Subaru Cabin Air Filter
Post by: patriki on January 19, 2008, 12:31:13 AM
A local member from the TSC used to make these for us. He charged us like 10 bux per filter to cover the cost of the filters. He bought furnace filters and made flawless cabin air filter replicas from them. I bought one from him thinking that my Subie did not come with one, and was shocked to find out that she did in fact come with one. And at 22K that thing was FILTHY!
Title: Re: Subaru Cabin Air Filter
Post by: jonny on January 19, 2008, 12:49:40 AM
wow! so cheap! does he still sell them? hahah maybe a bunch of us can order from him and save on shipping ;)
Title: Re: Subaru Cabin Air Filter
Post by: patriki on January 19, 2008, 12:54:24 AM
Sounds like a group buy coming on! haha

Last I heard the admin team almost canned him for doing it over and over again without getting official vendor status.. Even though I'm pretty sure he did it for no profit.
Title: Re: Subaru Cabin Air Filter
Post by: jonny on January 19, 2008, 12:56:28 AM
im assuming this guy is local to you? or on your forums? would you be able to ask for us if he still makes them? :) cause i need to get mine changed this year =) wouldnt mind buying a few extras for such a cheap price :D
Title: Re: Subaru Cabin Air Filter
Post by: patriki on January 19, 2008, 01:01:50 AM
Will do!  :D
Title: Re: Subaru Cabin Air Filter
Post by: patriki on January 19, 2008, 06:47:07 AM
And so I update. Got a hold of the legendary man. He said he is totally willing to do the work if he gets pre-paid for them. He says he has like 3 sitting there that people said "yes make them" but never did get them from him. I might grab myself a new one today I hope. In which case I'll take pictures when I do just to show you guys what it looks like if you anyone's interestd.
Title: Re: Subaru Cabin Air Filter
Post by: Perfect Dark on January 19, 2008, 09:50:28 AM
Wonder if they are universal for all Subarus?
Title: Re: Subaru Cabin Air Filter
Post by: patriki on January 19, 2008, 10:11:52 AM
They will work on any GD chassis, that's for sure. The easiest way to check this is to probably look up the part numbers Subaru has on them, and see if any of them differ. I will also speak with Ron, the guy that makes them and see what his knowledge on the subject is.

Ron called me a little while ago and mentioned that he is not looking for massive amounts of money to make these things. He only want's the $10 per filter, that way it covers his spending on the filters at the hardware store. The reason he wants pre-payment is to assure that people do in fact want them. He said a bunch are sitting at his house still that people asked him to make months and months ago and no longer want. That is what he is trying avoid.
Title: Re: Subaru Cabin Air Filter
Post by: jonny on January 19, 2008, 12:25:38 PM
anyone else up for some?? cause i want 3 =) i think that'll last me for a bit :D
Title: Re: Subaru Cabin Air Filter
Post by: wingless on January 19, 2008, 03:42:56 PM
I'm just going to try to make a few... doesn't look that hard.
Title: Re: Subaru Cabin Air Filter
Post by: Waller on January 19, 2008, 04:37:35 PM
Quote from: "wingless"
I'm just going to try to make a few... doesn't look that hard.

I was thinking the same thing.
Title: Re: Subaru Cabin Air Filter
Post by: bezerk on January 20, 2008, 08:28:08 PM
No it's very easy to do.  Home Depot has the furnace filters and all you really need is a good pair of tin snips and Bob's your Uncle.

I used some cardboard and duct tape to create the sides that were not supported by the edges of the original filter.  Not the prettiest, but it works.
Title: Re: Subaru Cabin Air Filter
Post by: patriki on January 21, 2008, 12:47:25 AM
Quote from: "wingless"
I'm just going to try to make a few... doesn't look that hard.

its really not hard at all!

Once I pick one up from Rob myself, I can possibly take some measurements for you guys to work with if you'd like.
Title: Re: Subaru Cabin Air Filter
Post by: STI_AL on January 21, 2008, 07:01:16 PM
I would buy a couple for sure.  I'm waaaaaay to lazy to make them, and there's no way I'll pay 40 bucks or more for 1.
Title: Re: Subaru Cabin Air Filter
Post by: jonny on January 21, 2008, 07:05:15 PM
i would definitly take a stab at making them! :) if someone gave it a shot and posted a DIY up that would be AWESOME! :)
Title: Re: Subaru Cabin Air Filter
Post by: redevil on January 21, 2008, 10:51:57 PM
time to change mine too!  might just order it from subarugenuineparts.com comes to $46.36 shipping through UPS.  Does anyone know if UPS will charge me brokerage fees once it crosses the boarder or is it below a certain cost?
Title: Re: Subaru Cabin Air Filter
Post by: jonny on January 21, 2008, 11:12:03 PM
Quote from: "redevil"
time to change mine too!  might just order it from subarugenuineparts.com comes to $46.36 shipping through UPS.  Does anyone know if UPS will charge me brokerage fees once it crosses the boarder or is it below a certain cost?

always, they always will
Title: Re: Subaru Cabin Air Filter
Post by: patriki on January 22, 2008, 09:46:30 PM
UPS will charge you a $30 ($40 for oversized items) brokerage flat fee. PLUS tax, PLUS duties.
Title: Re: Subaru Cabin Air Filter
Post by: Mr. Wheeler on February 14, 2008, 09:12:00 AM
I made my own last night!  I bought a 3M 1x25x20 super duper furnace air filter rated at 1700 something something.  Anyway, from that size you can make 6 filters.  I superimposed the old filter over the new ones and the size matches.  Tonight I'll toss one in and reinstall my glove box.

If anyone is still interested I could sell a couple for 10 bucks each to make back some of the cost.  

Here's the link i used to get the technical know how if you want to try this yourself.

http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/showthr ... ?t=1077325
Title: Re: Subaru Cabin Air Filter
Post by: Hurricane on February 14, 2008, 12:11:25 PM
Quote from: "redevil"
time to change mine too!  might just order it from subarugenuineparts.com comes to $46.36 shipping through UPS.  Does anyone know if UPS will charge me brokerage fees once it crosses the boarder or is it below a certain cost?

SubieGal (subarugenuineparts.com) shipped my last order USPS (on request) and even declared half the actual value ... so I payed ~$8 brokerage fees + GST.  USPS is the way to go.

Jeff
Title: Re: Subaru Cabin Air Filter
Post by: frcefed on February 14, 2008, 02:45:19 PM
LMAO Air cabin filter meet!!!!!!!
Title: Re: Subaru Cabin Air Filter
Post by: Mr. Wheeler on February 14, 2008, 02:55:56 PM
I can see it now "my filter is dirtier than your filter!"
Title: Re: Subaru Cabin Air Filter
Post by: STI_Crazy on February 14, 2008, 07:56:11 PM
I could use a new one! I bet mine is full of dust. Damn Nisku roads.
Title: Re: Subaru Cabin Air Filter
Post by: Mr. Wheeler on February 14, 2008, 10:28:37 PM
pm me if you want one!  I'm always going back and forth from Calgary to Edmonton.
Title: Re: Subaru Cabin Air Filter
Post by: subaru parts guy on February 11, 2009, 07:44:18 PM
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Title: Re: Subaru Cabin Air Filter
Post by: Sean on February 11, 2009, 07:59:37 PM
Whe I checked at the dealer it was $88!! That's crazy, it's the cheapest filter ever. Apparently Fram makes one now and you can get them at CT.  Probably way cheaper if that's the case.  I'm gonna go look soon...
Title: Re: Subaru Cabin Air Filter
Post by: Staple on February 11, 2009, 08:00:55 PM
Whe I checked at the dealer it was $88!! That's crazy, it's the cheapest filter ever. Apparently Fram makes one now and you can get them at CT.  Probably way cheaper if that's the case.  I'm gonna go look soon...

Let me know what you find Sean, I would like to change mine soon since I never have never done it
Title: Re: Subaru Cabin Air Filter
Post by: Sean on February 11, 2009, 08:03:46 PM
I don't know if my car has one in it. I don't think all of them came with one installed, I think it was a option on some years.  They all have the spot for it.  I could be talking out my assay too, I'm just saying what I've heard.
Title: Re: Subaru Cabin Air Filter
Post by: Pee_Sack on February 11, 2009, 08:06:41 PM
there was a thread somewhere around here or ASC about making your own with furnace filters and duct tape.

Ill see if I can dig it up
Title: Re: Subaru Cabin Air Filter
Post by: GlennC on February 11, 2009, 11:11:42 PM
66K never been changed.

I need to do this.
Title: Re: Subaru Cabin Air Filter
Post by: TWRC on February 11, 2009, 11:14:11 PM
Funny that this was brought up again but I'm not surprised and Sean, Stu and I were discussing this over the weekend.  I just did mine yesterday with a regular furnace filter and it worked out great.  To get rid any sort of smells, I sprayed the filter with some room deodorizer and needless to say, my car hasn't smelt this fresh, well...ever. :P

Here's some reading material that Stu gave me.  The NASIOC link was done by our very own Honz.

http://subaruparts.com/install/2002iairfilt.pdf (http://subaruparts.com/install/2002iairfilt.pdf)
http://www.flex-innovations.com/cabin_filter.htm (http://www.flex-innovations.com/cabin_filter.htm)
http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/showpost.php?p=23238864&postcount=119 (http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/showpost.php?p=23238864&postcount=119)


Title: Re: Subaru Cabin Air Filter
Post by: bejamin on February 11, 2009, 11:16:21 PM
I wonder if mine has ever been done... 150,000 km later.... :-\
Title: Re: Subaru Cabin Air Filter
Post by: TWRC on February 11, 2009, 11:18:09 PM
I think you'd be surprised.

Some cars are reported to not even have a filter in that compartment.  Mine didn't come with one.
Title: Re: Subaru Cabin Air Filter
Post by: GlennC on February 11, 2009, 11:19:47 PM
Good info, I could do this at work in under 5 minutes probably. *goes on the hunt for a furnace filter in his hosue*
Title: Re: Subaru Cabin Air Filter
Post by: bejamin on February 11, 2009, 11:20:16 PM
Quote
Some cars are reported to not even have a filter in that compartment.  Mine didn't come with one.

I heard that to, it's behind the glove compartment right? Would be interesting to see because i get a ton of crap on my dash for the vents.
Title: Re: Subaru Cabin Air Filter
Post by: TWRC on February 11, 2009, 11:21:40 PM
You most likely don't have one then.  My dash is pretty much filthy at all times, I think this will help.

The install is right behind the glove box - 9 screws and a panel, very simple.  Just check out those links that I posted.
Title: Re: Subaru Cabin Air Filter
Post by: bejamin on February 11, 2009, 11:24:18 PM
Just another thing to tinker with. I love Subarus!!!

p.s. first time going stage 2 this weekend, so excited!!! (off topic but i'm a happy lad)
Title: Re: Subaru Cabin Air Filter (w/pics)
Post by: wrxman71 on February 12, 2009, 10:02:32 PM
Hey all i got my cabin filter from napa this summer and i think that it was under $30 and it is a carcol filter better then the Subaru ones.
Here is the part number with pic

(http://i263.photobucket.com/albums/ii131/wrxman71/002.jpg)
Title: Re: Subaru Cabin Air Filter
Post by: GlennC on February 12, 2009, 10:39:42 PM
Bought 13 dollar furnace filter, gonna give it a shot :)

Title: Re: Subaru Cabin Air Filter
Post by: wrxman71 on February 12, 2009, 10:59:20 PM
I did the same thing and on my way back from b.c it sucked into the fan what a mess. I wouldn't do it . Plus it was a pain in the assay to do
Title: Re: Subaru Cabin Air Filter
Post by: GlennC on February 12, 2009, 11:06:14 PM
Worst case scenario if I can't get it as sturdy as factory its 13 dollars, I didn't splurge for the expensive one...

Im near a napa at work, might give em a ring tomorrow.
Title: Re: Subaru Cabin Air Filter
Post by: GlennC on February 12, 2009, 11:29:21 PM
PS -- I win!

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v309/GlennCun/02122009477.jpg)

66,000 KM!
Title: Re: Subaru Cabin Air Filter
Post by: bejamin on February 13, 2009, 03:38:09 PM
eww that gross!! I wonder what mine will look like. Picture to come.
Title: Re: Subaru Cabin Air Filter
Post by: Zaider on February 20, 2009, 01:41:02 PM
just replaced mine, and was all set to take a picture of the old one when it came out... but... alas... i didn't have one.

new one is in :)
Title: Re: Subaru Cabin Air Filter
Post by: Baumer on February 20, 2009, 02:39:03 PM
just replaced mine, and was all set to take a picture of the old one when it came out... but... alas... i didn't have one.

new one is in :)

Same thing happened to me in the fall just after buying my car.  Wanted to see if it was all crudded up like others had posted and to my surprise there wasn't even a filter there.
Title: Re: Subaru Cabin Air Filter
Post by: Black_Bug on February 20, 2009, 09:58:40 PM
just replaced mine, and was all set to take a picture of the old one when it came out... but... alas... i didn't have one.

new one is in :)

Same thing happened to me in the fall just after buying my car.  Wanted to see if it was all crudded up like others had posted and to my surprise there wasn't even a filter there.
hahaha!! that was funny.
Title: Re: Subaru Cabin Air Filter
Post by: trevoroni on February 20, 2009, 10:25:51 PM
PS -- I win!

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v309/GlennCun/02122009477.jpg)

66,000 KM!

I just changed mine last week, and I think I can beat that! 129,000km and I haven't changed it since I bought it 2 years ago at 72,000km... who know's when the previous owner did, by the looks of it never!
Made my own (and 5 more out of a Walmart 1" HEPA filter) that I bought for $14. Took less than 20 minutes including cutting, from start to finish, also sprayed it with febreeze and put a bounce sheet on top of it, smells like spring in the spring time mountains every morning now compared to dirty moth balls.

(http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f4/trevoroni/Random011.jpg)

(http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f4/trevoroni/Random013.jpg)





Title: Re: Subaru Cabin Air Filter
Post by: Curtis on February 21, 2009, 11:08:34 AM
So that's why I couldn't breath while driving on gravel. . . My car has been lacking an air filter since I bought it just over a year ago. Money is a little tight so I made a makeshift one out of a furnace air filter, some crazy glue, a shoe box, and some electrical tape. Seems pretty sturdy and I can make six out of one $15 filter. Air quality seems much better now. 
Title: Re: Subaru Cabin Air Filter
Post by: TalsniC on February 21, 2009, 09:01:59 PM
I might have a good contender for the worst...

a few months ago i changed the filter on my 08 as it turned over 24,000km

(http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y41/talsnic/IMG_1437.jpg)
(http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y41/talsnic/IMG_1438.jpg)
Title: Re: Subaru Cabin Air Filter
Post by: Nanners on February 22, 2009, 12:21:49 AM
pretty scary, I can only hope my car doesnt have a filter since it has 250K on it  :-\
Title: Re: Subaru Cabin Air Filter
Post by: GlennC on February 22, 2009, 01:23:29 AM
PS -- I win!

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v309/GlennCun/02122009477.jpg)

66,000 KM!

I just changed mine last week, and I think I can beat that! 129,000km and I haven't changed it since I bought it 2 years ago at 72,000km... who know's when the previous owner did, by the looks of it never!
Made my own (and 5 more out of a Walmart 1" HEPA filter) that I bought for $14. Took less than 20 minutes including cutting, from start to finish, also sprayed it with febreeze and put a bounce sheet on top of it, smells like spring in the spring time mountains every morning now compared to dirty moth balls.

(http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f4/trevoroni/Random011.jpg)

(http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f4/trevoroni/Random013.jpg)







Winner.

I think I might take my GB out to put some bounce on there.

I've also noticed my heater blows harder now too :)
Title: Re: Subaru Cabin Air Filter
Post by: Zaider on February 23, 2009, 09:35:26 AM
I might have a good contender for the worst...

a few months ago i changed the filter on my 08 as it turned over 24,000km

(http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y41/talsnic/IMG_1437.jpg)
(http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y41/talsnic/IMG_1438.jpg)

hahaha BEES!
Title: Re: Subaru Cabin Air Filter
Post by: LilDrunkenSmurf on February 23, 2009, 03:13:42 PM
Anyone have a spare home-made one they can sell? I don't have the tools to make my own.. I don't have any scissors that'll cut through that metal.
Title: Re: Subaru Cabin Air Filter
Post by: GlennC on February 23, 2009, 08:08:40 PM
Anyone have a spare home-made one they can sell? I don't have the tools to make my own.. I don't have any scissors that'll cut through that metal.

I might be able to whip you one up at work, but i'd need your old filter for dimensions likely.
Title: Re: Subaru Cabin Air Filter
Post by: Zaider on February 24, 2009, 09:05:22 AM
Anyone have a spare home-made one they can sell? I don't have the tools to make my own.. I don't have any scissors that'll cut through that metal.

I might be able to whip you one up at work, but i'd need your old filter for dimensions likely.

shouldn't they all be the same?
Title: Re: Subaru Cabin Air Filter
Post by: GlennC on February 24, 2009, 10:50:57 AM
Yeah, but I forget the dimensions. I cut and trimmed it to fit, ended up having to cut 1/2 inch off one side to clear the underdash piller.
Title: Re: Subaru Cabin Air Filter
Post by: m_m_rs on February 24, 2009, 01:57:14 PM
Ive got three kicking around that you can try out Smurf...I would figure there shouldny be much difference between 04/05 STi/RS in the cabin filter dept. 

where you at in the city I work from home so can swing by and drop one off for you.  I used the 3M 1700 (airflow rating) allergen filters...$30 from rona.  Wires on both sides so some good support.  Fit in fairly easy too. 
Title: Re: Subaru Cabin Air Filter
Post by: stimmortal on June 23, 2010, 08:33:15 PM
I see that this thread is really old but I found some filters on ebay for 7$+3$ shipping to Canada, they look good to me

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/AIR-CABIN-FILTER-SUBARU-IMPREZA-WRX-STI-TURBO-RS-TS-/120580780856?cmd=ViewItem&pt=Motors_Car_Truck_Parts_Accessories&hash=item1c132cb338
Title: Re: Subaru Cabin Air Filter
Post by: audio1der on July 15, 2010, 04:27:12 PM
No it's very easy to do.  Home Depot has the furnace filters and all you really need is a good pair of tin snips and Bob's your Uncle.

I used some cardboard and duct tape to create the sides that were not supported by the edges of the original filter.  Not the prettiest, but it works.
Right on- I do the same thing.  $25 for a good 3M filter that makes 4 in-cabin filters?  Seems like a no-brainer if you have 5 spare minutes.
Title: Re: Subaru Cabin Air Filter
Post by: super-sti on July 15, 2010, 11:35:19 PM
ahh man i need one so bad!!! :(
Title: Re: Subaru Cabin Air Filter
Post by: lh0628 on May 20, 2011, 01:19:46 AM
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=120711235494 (http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=120711235494)

Just bought one from ebay, less than $14 total. Will see how it is when it gets here.
Title: Re: Subaru Cabin Air Filter
Post by: Barney on May 28, 2011, 11:09:51 AM
I bought these, which arrived the other day. http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/2-PC-SUBARU-IMPREZA-WRX-2-5-CABIN-AIR-FILTER-1999-2008-_W0QQcmdZViewItemQQhashZitem2c59fd1cf2QQitemZ190488321266QQptZMotorsQ5fCarQ5fTruckQ5fPartsQ5fAccessories#ht_1424wt_762

Nice thing is I'll have a spare lying around so I won't let it get as gross as my last cabin filter, which went unchanged for 40k (+) km...

Vents blow better and I seem to be getting fresher air in the cabin.
Title: Re: Subaru Cabin Air Filter
Post by: Munky on May 28, 2011, 11:24:59 AM
Thanks for the links.  Picked up the 2 pack. Can't go wrong for $20.
Title: Re: Subaru Cabin Air Filter
Post by: YvanF on July 28, 2011, 04:14:23 PM
Just replaced mine in my 2004 wagon wrx the other day. Was disapointed when I saw there was none. Air should be a lot cleaner and fresher from now on. :)
Title: Subaru Cabin Air Filter
Post by: Clint Cart on July 28, 2011, 04:42:36 PM
I was working on my nephews 04' sedan and checked his cabin air filter; same thing; I called the dealership for a quote on a new one and they said they were not installed in some of the cars and it is normal to not find one in that year of car. Weird.
Title: Subaru Cabin Air Filter
Post by: Slotato on July 28, 2011, 06:23:30 PM
(http://tapatalk.com/mu/cfcccbfe-fd67-77f7.jpg)

This is what mine looked like!!

And it's not uncommon for cars to come with a spot for a cabin air filter but not have one in there. I see it at work quite often if I'm putting one in a newish car.
Title: Re: Subaru Cabin Air Filter
Post by: snackers on August 01, 2011, 09:03:20 AM
Made mine using a furnace filter.
uckfay that noise. I'll never do it again. Rather just pay the bling.
These damn filters with the frame are a pain in the assay.

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6145/5994613817_d142de0628.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/snackers/5994613817/)

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6137/5994614097_4f6a5d3fbf.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/snackers/5994614097/)

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6132/5994614399_7da138eaa3.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/snackers/5994614399/)
Title: Re: Subaru Cabin Air Filter
Post by: GloomyX on November 06, 2012, 12:54:03 PM
My car never came with a cabin filter.  Since I have no reference from a previous filter, which way should the air flow go?  Away from the blower at the bottom or towards the blower?
Title: Re: Subaru Cabin Air Filter
Post by: GrantC on November 06, 2012, 12:59:23 PM
My car never came with a cabin filter.  Since I have no reference from a previous filter, which way should the air flow go?  Away from the blower at the bottom or towards the blower?

Air flows down through the cabin air filter.  Arrow should point down.
Title: Re: Subaru Cabin Air Filter
Post by: matk13 on January 03, 2013, 10:00:49 PM
      If your not biased towards subaru parts you can get napa gold cabin filters.  There made by wix, decent filter $35 , i would give any wsc member a better deal on them, but i'm in lloydminster and most of you are in edmonton and calgary, anybody in lloyd looking for one can let me know.  if your elsewhere go to a napa and ask for a better deal or that you'll do a group buy or something, i work at a privately owned store so i maybe have more control over pricing then at the corporate locations.  especially if you work at a shop you will get a better deal.
Title: Re: Subaru Cabin Air Filter
Post by: TonyT on March 03, 2013, 06:27:44 PM
(http://planbsti.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/2012-04-04-16.38.48.jpg)
(http://planbsti.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/2012-04-04-16.39.07.jpg)

This was mine last summer.
Title: Re: Subaru Cabin Air Filter
Post by: Dano on March 04, 2013, 11:50:30 AM
Not sure if anyone else has tried them, but you can get the Fram Freshbreeze filters for our cars as well, nice little scent of Febreze in there, and the price is pretty decent as well.

Title: Re: Subaru Cabin Air Filter
Post by: Claw on March 04, 2013, 12:57:59 PM
After what Fram pulled with our oil filters, I'm not putting any more Fram products in my car.

Title: Re: Subaru Cabin Air Filter
Post by: Ambystom01 on March 04, 2013, 06:32:32 PM
I got the Fram one, I think. It works fine but for all I know they gave me cancer.
Title: Re: Subaru Cabin Air Filter
Post by: superman-4 on June 07, 2013, 02:07:22 PM
I did mine a couple weeks ago.  Got the new filter from Napa, I think it was about $30.  The old filter was ridiculously dirty, like almost black.  Funny thing is I didn't really notice any difference after changing it.  Fan seemed to blow the same speed, didn't smell any different or anything.  At least I have the peace of mind of knowing its fresh though.  :D
Title: Re: Subaru Cabin Air Filter
Post by: silverSTi on June 07, 2013, 08:50:11 PM
(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/06/08/4ynu6e6u.jpg) changed mine at 21059km. I never even thought about this until reading this thread. My gfs was much worse on her 2002 Honda Civic. So much pet hair and dust and it was bad haha. I practice on her vehicle before mine ;)
Title: Re: Subaru Cabin Air Filter
Post by: thetallone on June 09, 2013, 09:25:35 PM
Anyone got a source for the new style GR air filters or is the only route to get oem
Title: Re: Subaru Cabin Air Filter
Post by: turbospeed on June 09, 2013, 09:27:36 PM
Anyone got a source for the new style GR air filters or is the only route to get oem

I checked napa. $45, oem subaru $52. Anyone try one of those crappy tire is advertising with febreze?... Or at least I thought it was crappy tire
Title: Re: Subaru Cabin Air Filter
Post by: AntheLeon on June 09, 2013, 09:32:59 PM
I picked one up from Subaru Calgary for 37.95 + gst yesterday

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Title: Re: Subaru Cabin Air Filter
Post by: goldrush on June 09, 2013, 10:40:31 PM
I just ordered a new front lip from fastwrx.com and got a cabin filter while I was at it. $16.
Title: Re: Subaru Cabin Air Filter
Post by: silverSTi on June 09, 2013, 10:57:14 PM
I don't think they have the fresh breeze ones for our car. I think I recall snackers recommending napa and that's why I went there...something about a wix filter? All they had for my was napa gold!! Either way it's better than that crap I was breathing in!
Title: Re: Subaru Cabin Air Filter
Post by: Zaider on June 10, 2013, 01:50:19 PM
For the GD's.. they're the cheapest off Ebay.
Title: Re: Subaru Cabin Air Filter
Post by: RockThePylon on June 10, 2013, 01:55:37 PM
Cabin air filters for 08+ are kinda goofy. The media itself is maybe 1cm thick, and super thin. I can't see it being super effective at removing particulate. Better than nothing, I 'spose.

Picked up the WIX for $28. A little pricey, because the plastic frame is a throw away.

(http://www.wixconnect.com/images/filters/10120_1.gif)
Title: Re: Subaru Cabin Air Filter
Post by: turbospeed on June 10, 2013, 03:33:33 PM
Cabin air filters for 08+ are kinda goofy. The media itself is maybe 1cm thick, and super thin. I can't see it being super effective at removing particulate. Better than nothing, I 'spose.

Picked up the WIX for $28. A little pricey, because the plastic frame is a throw away.

(http://www.wixconnect.com/images/filters/10120_1.gif)

That's not a bad price better than the first one I bought at subaru city
Title: Re: Subaru Cabin Air Filter
Post by: snackers on June 10, 2013, 03:52:40 PM
Forester uses the same one-time-use-plastic-frame-included filter.
I cut the dirty filter material out and made my own using furnace filter and gorilla tape.

(http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6137/5994614097_4f6a5d3fbf.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/snackers/5994614097/)
Title: Re: Subaru Cabin Air Filter
Post by: RockThePylon on June 10, 2013, 10:27:44 PM
I cut the dirty filter material out and made my own using furnace filter and gorilla tape.

Ya, and;

uckfay that noise. I'll never do it again. Rather just pay the bling.
Title: Re: Subaru Cabin Air Filter
Post by: ILikeWagons on June 10, 2013, 10:46:15 PM
Fram doesn't make the filter for  GE, GH, GR or GV So you're all clear there, Dealerships charge 43.95$ for them though. If you're set on cost the NAPA ones work fine. It just reduces the change interval as they're not as thick. I've seen people put air fresheners above the blower motor so they didn't have to buy the Febreeze ones.
Title: Re: Subaru Cabin Air Filter
Post by: snackers on June 10, 2013, 11:03:26 PM
Ya, and;

Yup.
Just saying it's possible if you don't want to spend the bling.
They're also only 20 bucks from SGP if you're getting stuff from there anyways.
Title: Re: Subaru Cabin Air Filter
Post by: Dev on June 10, 2013, 11:55:46 PM
For the GD's.. they're the cheapest off Ebay.

Yup, thats where i got mine
Title: Re: Subaru Cabin Air Filter
Post by: trevoroni on September 18, 2018, 10:22:54 AM
Reminder to change your cabin air filter before winter really comes.
Amazon has genuine OEM filter 72880FG000 for cheap. https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B00IW33T5A/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 (https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B00IW33T5A/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1)

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1878/42953391940_0f4b965835_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/28rDmX7)IMG_20180915_172712 (https://flic.kr/p/28rDmX7) by Trevoroni (https://www.flickr.com/photos/150307138@N02/), on Flickr

2015 Crosstrek on top (hasn't been changed since new  :angel:)
2006 Outback on bottom, who knows when/if it was changed. Looked like a homemade filter with scotch brite pad, bounce sheets and chicken wire??
But based on this maybe it was OEM?
I took my own advice and decided to do the filter on the girlfriend's 2005 Legacy today. Just as LDS and Claw mentioned my 2005 did not have access to the filter but the cage was there. That didn't stop someone from stuffing what felt like the equivalent of Scotch abrasive pads in there (just they weren't abrasive). Again I'm estimating about 7-8 years of crap in there. The Fram filter comes with the charcoal odour absorbing stuff on it so it already looks dirty. I cleaned a bunch of stuff out of the bottom of the squirrel cage as well. Some Owners amaze me with how far they'll let things go...
Title: Re: Subaru Cabin Air Filter
Post by: nemohm on February 26, 2019, 10:13:49 AM
Sorry resurrecting that old thread:
$35 at Amazon is cheap? Then what is $8 from ebay (genuine Subaru)?
Obviously times change rapidly...
Title: Re: Subaru Cabin Air Filter
Post by: trevoroni on February 26, 2019, 12:23:10 PM
Sorry resurrecting that old thread:
$35 at Amazon is cheap? Then what is $8 from ebay (genuine Subaru)?
Obviously times change rapidly...

Amazon changes their prices more often than gas stations on some items.
It was $15 with Prime 2 day shipping when I ordered  back in the fall.

Link to the $8 OEM filters on Ebay?
Title: Re: Subaru Cabin Air Filter
Post by: drewfuspx on February 26, 2019, 01:55:49 PM
I just want to go on record and say it took me less than 4 minutes to change the cabin filter in my new-to-me Legacy... compare that to my 2005 Forester.... no contest haha. I went with Fram + Baking soda for $20 at CADTire.
Title: Re: Subaru Cabin Air Filter
Post by: Canuckrz on February 26, 2019, 02:33:07 PM
Amazon changes their prices more often than gas stations on some items.
It was $15 with Prime 2 day shipping when I ordered  back in the fall.

Link to the $8 OEM filters on Ebay?
Rock auto has them for $5 for cheap, $15 for the denso which is likely the oem supplier, or $20 for the one that comes with the fancy subaru sticker. Personally for cabin air filters I only buy the carbon/charcoal filters, they usually run in the range of $10-15. If you've used charcoal vs non charcoal filters on a respirator at work you'll quickly understand the difference it makes in cutting out smells and contaminants. "oem" doesn't really concern me too much when it comes to cabin air filters.

Also interestingly K&N started selling reusable cabin air filters recently. Though they make me a bit hesitant, as they likely don't offer much more than standard particle filtration.

(https://www.knfilters.com/video/posters/l/Cabin_Air_Filter_Overview.jpg)

I just want to go on record and say it took me less than 4 minutes to change the cabin filter in my new-to-me Legacy... compare that to my 2005 Forester....
The SG forester is a real headache to access, you pretty much have to pull the whole passenger lower dash out. Should be just a hatch in the glove box like most other cars.
Title: Re: Subaru Cabin Air Filter
Post by: diamondedge on February 26, 2019, 03:28:44 PM
The SG forester is a real headache to access, you pretty much have to pull the whole passenger lower dash out. Should be just a hatch in the glove box like most other cars.

Same in the GD. The entire glovebox assembly falls out. And you break itshay. And the blower motor power cable is in the way. wtf.
Title: Re: Subaru Cabin Air Filter
Post by: jellynuts on February 27, 2019, 12:01:59 AM
Same in the GD. The entire glovebox assembly falls out. And you break itshay. And the blower motor power cable is in the way. wtf.

I haven't changed mine, ever. 

No wait, that's not true.  I changed it once, put mint extract on the filter so the car would smell nice and minty.  Instead, it burned Adam's eyes out. 
Title: Re: Subaru Cabin Air Filter
Post by: RockThePylon on February 27, 2019, 04:20:03 AM
burned Adam's eyes out.

He probably deserved it.
Title: Re: Subaru Cabin Air Filter
Post by: jellynuts on February 27, 2019, 12:37:13 PM
He probably deserved it.

Heck yeah, that guy blew my clutch.