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Price for Cabin Air Filter #4623584
01/04/18 09:37 AM
01/04/18 09:37 AM
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South Carolina, U.S.A.
MedicalDoc Offline OP
MedicalDoc  Offline OP
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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.

Re: Price for Cabin Air Filter [Re: MedicalDoc] #4623593
01/04/18 09:43 AM
01/04/18 09:43 AM
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MURICA
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MURICA
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2006 Civic EX 205K/AT
2006 Acura TSX 187K/AT
Re: Price for Cabin Air Filter [Re: MedicalDoc] #4623602
01/04/18 09:53 AM
01/04/18 09:53 AM
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Posts: 296
Georgia
Charlie2015 Offline
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Posts: 296
Georgia
Normal dealership experience.


1998 Honda Accord EX 2.3L Auto (Sold) 214k mi
2009 Scion tC Manual (Daily Driver) 165k mi
Re: Price for Cabin Air Filter [Re: MedicalDoc] #4623607
01/04/18 09:55 AM
01/04/18 09:55 AM
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Posts: 3,260
Where the wind comes sweepin'
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Where the wind comes sweepin'
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.

Re: Price for Cabin Air Filter [Re: maverickfhs] #4623617
01/04/18 10:03 AM
01/04/18 10:03 AM
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Posts: 6,068
Champlain/Hudson Valley
Kira Offline
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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.

Re: Price for Cabin Air Filter [Re: MedicalDoc] #4623626
01/04/18 10:07 AM
01/04/18 10:07 AM
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Posts: 21,324
Upstate NY
Donald Online content
Donald  Online Content
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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)
Re: Price for Cabin Air Filter [Re: MedicalDoc] #4623651
01/04/18 10:32 AM
01/04/18 10:32 AM
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Posts: 5,020
MTL, CANADA
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MTL, CANADA
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

Re: Price for Cabin Air Filter [Re: Donald] #4623656
01/04/18 10:34 AM
01/04/18 10:34 AM
Joined: Aug 2010
Posts: 6,068
Champlain/Hudson Valley
Kira Offline
Kira  Offline
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Champlain/Hudson Valley
FIERCE ARGUMENT TO THE DEATH IN PROGRESS:

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.

Re: Price for Cabin Air Filter [Re: MedicalDoc] #4623682
01/04/18 10:52 AM
01/04/18 10:52 AM
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Posts: 2,716
San Antonio, TX
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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!


"No matter how paranoid you are you're not paranoid enough. Tell the truth. Reach as many people as you can with it. That's your weapon." - Susanne Modeski, aka "Holly" to The Lone Gunmen
Re: Price for Cabin Air Filter [Re: MedicalDoc] #4623716
01/04/18 11:21 AM
01/04/18 11:21 AM
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Posts: 4,727
Texas
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Texas
Buy the filter at the dealer and install it yourself.

Re: Price for Cabin Air Filter [Re: MedicalDoc] #4623749
01/04/18 11:41 AM
01/04/18 11:41 AM
Joined: Jul 2008
Posts: 1,148
British Columbia, Canada
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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
Re: Price for Cabin Air Filter [Re: MedicalDoc] #4623759
01/04/18 11:47 AM
01/04/18 11:47 AM
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Posts: 3,580
NJ
Leo99 Offline
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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 (RIP)
2004 Corolla 125,000 miles
2004 Rav4 370,000 miles
2015 Camry 70,000 miles
Re: Price for Cabin Air Filter [Re: MedicalDoc] #4623774
01/04/18 12:01 PM
01/04/18 12:01 PM
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Posts: 5,270
Texas
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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
Re: Price for Cabin Air Filter [Re: MedicalDoc] #4623778
01/04/18 12:04 PM
01/04/18 12:04 PM
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Posts: 1,489
San Antonio, Texas
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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.


03 Porsche 911 Liqui Moly Leichtlauf High Tech 5w-40 & Mahle filter
14 Honda Accord 4dr EX-L 4cyl-M1 0W-20 & WIX XP
02 Chevy 5.7L van-GTX HM 10W-40 & WIX filter
Re: Price for Cabin Air Filter [Re: MedicalDoc] #4623795
01/04/18 12:14 PM
01/04/18 12:14 PM
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Posts: 210
new jersey
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new jersey
TYC

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