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#4623584 - 01/04/18 09:37 AM Price for Cabin Air Filter
MedicalDoc Offline

Registered: 01/01/18
Posts: 7
Loc: South Carolina, U.S.A.
At the stealership:
CAF: $ 31.00; Labor: 0.6 hrs. Total with tax: $130.00

At home:
CAF: $5.00-15.00. Labor: less than 5 minutes (free), unless I hook up the compressor and blow out the filter, which will then prolong it to < 15 minutes.

Has any fellow members tried cutting out your own filter? I did this 3 weeks ago on a friend's car. I used the green washable HVAC filters that you can buy at the big box stores. It was cut to a perfect fit and there is enough material for the lifetime of the car. Total cost: < $10.00.

#4623593 - 01/04/18 09:43 AM Re: Price for Cabin Air Filter [Re: MedicalDoc]
maverickfhs Offline

Registered: 12/28/16
Posts: 1764
Loc: VA
2006 Civic EX 199K/AT
2006 Acura TSX 177K/AT

#4623602 - 01/04/18 09:53 AM Re: Price for Cabin Air Filter [Re: MedicalDoc]
Charlie2015 Offline

Registered: 04/24/15
Posts: 215
Loc: Georgia
Normal dealership experience.
1998 Honda Accord EX 2.3L Auto
2009 Scion TC Manual

#4623607 - 01/04/18 09:55 AM Re: Price for Cabin Air Filter [Re: MedicalDoc]
Reddy45 Offline

Registered: 08/15/08
Posts: 2745
Loc: USA
Dealerships don't make a profit on labor cost, so they have to make a profit on parts. They are also liable for any warranty work associated with each order they fulfill so that cost is factored in.

I don't care for dealerships or their pricing myself but we have to stop acting like the dealership is a rip-off just because we can DIY for 1/4 the price at home. Businesses have taxes and overhead to account for in any sale, so it's not an apples to apples comparison.

#4623617 - 01/04/18 10:03 AM Re: Price for Cabin Air Filter [Re: maverickfhs]
Kira Offline

Registered: 08/19/10
Posts: 4893
Loc: Champlain/Hudson Valley
Cutting HVAC filters to fit cars' CAF needs might be good on some applications.

In my car I feel the resistance offered by the housing's slots is part of the sealing which needs to be done.
The filter material I tried was weak and crushed before I got it 10% in.

I'd consider doing it again if the filtering media looked at all similar to what a good CAF looks like.

Those open blue ones look like they're for catching pet hair and not much else.

This is a case where I'd want to avoid falling for a false economy. So much of what auto air filters, both engine and cabin, catch is fine powder.

Finding an iridescent green fly or blue bottle in an old filter really brightens my day.

#4623626 - 01/04/18 10:07 AM Re: Price for Cabin Air Filter [Re: MedicalDoc]
Donald Offline

Registered: 03/21/04
Posts: 20244
Loc: Upstate NY
I do not think the cabin air filter needs to be precise. Did not have them 5 or 10 years ago. Pickup does not have one. It's a 2015.

They only provide a base for mouse nests.
2015 Subaru Forester 2.5 engine/CVT
2015 Ford F250 w/Powerstroke
2016 Subaru Crosstrek CVT (wife's)

#4623651 - 01/04/18 10:32 AM Re: Price for Cabin Air Filter [Re: MedicalDoc]
Rolla07 Offline

Registered: 11/05/11
Posts: 4671
Wow 0.6 for replacing, thats outrageous. Think its 0.2 here at my Toyota dealer (even that is alot). Get mine from Napa for 7-8$ and swap em twice a year as they get very dirty.
2007 Corolla Red Pearl 155k miles
PP 0w20 & ST 4967

#4623656 - 01/04/18 10:34 AM Re: Price for Cabin Air Filter [Re: Donald]
Kira Offline

Registered: 08/19/10
Posts: 4893
Loc: Champlain/Hudson Valley

I disagree.
Anything which will reduce or eliminate crud on my cheap aluminum heater core or evaporator matrix which can combine with water and corrode said hardware is OK in my book.

The old "we didn't have 'em in the old days" argument is an empty one. It's not even specious because it doesn't make any point.

So there.

#4623682 - 01/04/18 10:52 AM Re: Price for Cabin Air Filter [Re: MedicalDoc]
Nyogtha Offline

Registered: 10/13/14
Posts: 2156
Loc: San Antonio, TX
I asked for & received a cabin air filter retrofit kit for my 2012 Ram at Christmas. I found replacement elements for under $5 each at Rockauto. I'm set!
"He who does not value the teacher, Or greatly care for the material, Is greatly deluded although he may be learned." - Lao-Tzu

#4623716 - 01/04/18 11:21 AM Re: Price for Cabin Air Filter [Re: MedicalDoc]
FZ1 Offline

Registered: 02/07/08
Posts: 4727
Loc: Texas
Buy the filter at the dealer and install it yourself.

#4623749 - 01/04/18 11:41 AM Re: Price for Cabin Air Filter [Re: MedicalDoc]
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Registered: 07/09/08
Posts: 1039
Loc: British Columbia, Canada
When I replace an engine air filter I often use an OEM filter. A bad fit could be costly down the road. Honda engine air filters are reasonably priced. Some after market filters are actually more expensive.

I'm less particular with the cabin filter. It takes less than 5 minutes to replace the cabin filter(s) on either of my cars. As I recall, the Honda dealer wanted $80 for labour. I will cheerfully work for less than that.

Cabin air filters are often treated with charcoal. That would help with odours for what - maybe a couple of hours. Seems like a marketing scheme to me. I just want to keep the bugs and dirt out of the HVAC system.
2000 BMW 528i 5MT
2007 Honda Accord EX-L 4Door V6 6MT

#4623759 - 01/04/18 11:47 AM Re: Price for Cabin Air Filter [Re: MedicalDoc]
Leo99 Offline

Registered: 03/30/14
Posts: 2876
Loc: NJ
It leaves a bad taste in the mouth when people realize the cabin filter costs $15 and takes <5 minutes to swap out and they got charged over $100.
Without data you're just another person with an opinion. W. E. Deming

2003 Corolla 250,000 miles
2004 Rav4 333,000 miles
2015 Camry 40,000 miles

#4623774 - 01/04/18 12:01 PM Re: Price for Cabin Air Filter [Re: MedicalDoc]
JustinH Offline

Registered: 04/17/04
Posts: 5115
Loc: Texas
heck you can even buy sub 10 dollar amazon cabin air filters, and it will arrive at your door in two days.

Just put a carbon one in my wifes car yesterday in two minutes. The old one was trashed after 12 months.
'11 Hyundai Sonata GLS
'11 Scion XB

#4623778 - 01/04/18 12:04 PM Re: Price for Cabin Air Filter [Re: MedicalDoc]
sasilverbullet Offline

Registered: 08/22/04
Posts: 1375
Loc: San Antonio, Texas
I buy my cabin filters from Rock Auto, and I only buy WIX. Save a bundle not getting it at the stealership.
14 Honda Civic 4dr EX-L-M1 0W-20 & WIX XP
14 Honda Accord 4dr EX-L 4cyl-M1 0W-20 & WIX XP
02 Chevy 5.7L van-GTX HM 10W-40 & WIX filter

#4623795 - 01/04/18 12:14 PM Re: Price for Cabin Air Filter [Re: MedicalDoc]
jrvn Offline

Registered: 08/11/16
Posts: 160
Loc: new jersey

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