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Old 09-12-2010, 09:59 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi everyone......

My 2005 forester XT has 15,000 miles. My dealer is telling me that to replace the cabin filter it will cost about $300 ( includes labor)!!

Doesn't this sound right or are they trying to rip me off?


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Yeah this is definetly a DIY job. Theres a couple of ways to order around the site here and then I believe just a screwdriver.
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Hi everyone......

My 2005 forester XT has 15,000 miles. My dealer is telling me that to replace the cabin filter it will cost about $300 ( includes labor)!!

Doesn't this sound right or are they trying to rip me off?


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Sounds way too expensive to me for such an easy DIY job.

Very easy to do, you can view my post here with a link to the installation instructions. Shop around & you can usually find a filter for around $10.

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You need to either find another dealer or find out exactly who and why it would be 300 bucks. The overpriced Subaru filter is around 40 bucks I believe and its a 10 minute job.
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I removed the cabin filter in my 08 Forester today.It had been chewed through by a mouse or chipmonk and the box behind it was stuffed with a nest of grass,leaves etc.Can someone tell me where the air enters the duct leading to this filter,I would like to cover it with some fine mesh chickenwire to keep these critters out.I found one opening on the front passenger side of the engine compartment which appears to supply the air filter and cut wire to fit over that opening,but is that the same duct for the cabin filter ?It's a small black detachable duct.
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Bulajap: That's a very common question here, though I think that your $300 estimate might take first prize in the category of monopolistic ripoff! A bit of work with the search function here will get you good directions, and even pictures, that will walk you through a really simple job.

We were captive to the grotesque $30+ price for Subaru's own filter for the first few years, till the aftermarket people decided that we were a market worth investing in. Many of us used to roll our own replacements out of furnace filter material, though the price of aftermarket has now gotten down to a reasonable level and there's not as much of that still going on.

Me however—I've still got enough furnace filter left for 2 or 3 more.
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OMG this is highway robbery.I can't bellive that they R asking $300 for cabin filter.DO not get that from dealership.I got my filter for $15 shiped or maybe less.It is 15min jod to do this.I dont have my comp right know but just wait few days I can find link for place where you can get filter
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$9.35 US from these guys 2005 Subaru Forester Replacement Parts Cheap (link provided by ferret), follow Bobby's instructions and you've saved yourself over $275. Time to start asking questions and look for a better recommendation for servicing.

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I bought a Subaru OE filter I think for 37 bucks. the replacement process is terribly easy. Thats absolutely crazy for $300, I thought a dealer wanting to charge me $212 for front brakes and rotors was nuts. All you need is a phillips head screwdriver.
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I removed the cabin filter in my 08 Forester today.It had been chewed through by a mouse or chipmonk and the box behind it was stuffed with a nest of grass,leaves etc.Can someone tell me where the air enters the duct leading to this filter,I would like to cover it with some fine mesh chickenwire to keep these critters out.I found one opening on the front passenger side of the engine compartment which appears to supply the air filter and cut wire to fit over that opening,but is that the same duct for the cabin filter ?It's a small black detachable duct.
Take a look at my post here. The intake is wide open, as you can see from my picture.

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$9.35 US from these guys 2005 Subaru Forester Replacement Parts Cheap (link provided by ferret), follow Bobby's instructions and you've saved yourself over $275. Time to start asking questions and look for a better recommendation for servicing.

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That is the one.Same place that I could not remember.I got 05 and it's easy swap and perfect fit.
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Air circulation in my Forester reeked of dead mouse today. It was especially strange in that we drove over 200 miles yesterday without any evidence of this. I had just gotten my annual reminder to change the cabin filter, so the possibility of mice got me especially motivated.

Yup, that's what it was. A nest and two deceased newborns. One is visible in these pix, and the other was hidden under the leaves. We still haven't figured out what the blue fabric came from.

I used Bobby's instructions (link above) to get at the fresh air intake area. It was kind of grungy in there but there was no evidence of mice.

I'm now down to the final sixth of the $15 furnace filter that I make cabin filter refills from. After next year I'll have to decide whether I'm going to continue on the cheap with a new one or buy the real ~$10 aftermarket ones.



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WHOA dang gotta change mine now. >_<
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It really amazed me that they made so many trips through such a circuitous path to get all those leaves and other stuff in there.
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I've never had mice in my personal vehicles, but I had one in my company car. It still creeps me out thinking about it! It took a week before the shop had time to check out the "noise" I was hearing. They found a dried mouse in the fan housing (no cabin filter in a Neon). To think, I was driving around as the mouse was turning into jerky! The odd thing was that there wasn't any odor.

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