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Try as I may, but finding a suitable cabin air filter replacement for the 2019 Forester has been harder than I thought it would be. Not many choices out there.
I would prefer the Fram Fresh Breeze with the Arm & Hammer baking soda type, (I used them in the past providing better results on my other cars), but alas they don't make one for the Forester.
So either it is an OEM one or one of the three on Amazon that fit the 2019.
1-PTC 3775
2-Mahle LA 461
3-Champion CCF1869

Of the three it seems that the Champion one is Activated Carbon. I'll probably end up buying it, but does anyone else have changed their cabin air filter and if so what brand?

TS out

Edit: The PTC and the Mahle do not fit.
 

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@twospirits I have changed mine about a month ago. Was in the same situation as you; OEM or aftermarket and hope it works.
I chose OEM for now until FRAM makes a compatible filter.
 

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Hard to imagine that the filter holder was changed for '19. I don't know, but suspect that an '18 type would fit fine.
 

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Reading reviews of the Mahle LA 461 a lot of people are saying it does not fit in the ‘19 forester. Anyone know for certain?
 

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Whole new frame for the 2019 cabin air filter. The Champion 1869 doesn't fit. The 2019 frame is thin to the insertion end.
 

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Whole new frame for the 2019 cabin air filter. The Champion 1869 doesn't fit. The 2019 frame is thin to the insertion end.
So there are no alternatives?

K&N told me they have no idea when and if they will make them.
 

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Oh for the good old days when we made our own by cutting up a furnace filter, and duct taping it into the frame of the original filter. One $15 furnace filter would make 6 replacements, vs $35 apiece for the OEM filter—which was the only thing on the market.
 

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The logical answer here seems to be buying an OEM filter until aftermarket replacements are available... 😀
 

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Mine gets about 20 seconds with my hand vac twice a year (before I hit the floor mats). Keep a new one handy for when I notice any air-flow reduction.
 

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$20.68 from the local dealer (which I hate to use because their service department is a sham, but their parts prices are good and the next closest dealership is 1.5 hours away).

Check eBay. For example, I got the OEM engine filter from a dealership in Massachusetts for $17.98, free shipping.
 

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A few more entries for this thread.
Ecoguard has finally made a cabin air filter for the Subaru Forester 2019-20 part number XC11800 (according to their parts list.), since Feb 2020.
Seems that only Carid.com has them so far. $8.03 each + $10.95 shipping +$1.98 tax = $20.66

Amazon also seems to have the OEM Subaru 72880FL000
$19.95 each +Free shipping + $1.77 tax = $21.72

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IMHO the cabin air filter is a rock catcher to keep the heater core and AC evaporator clean and free from leaf pieces, and maybe keep mice from getting to the heater core. I buy the cheapest filter I can find on rockauto.
 

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That seems expensive, is that $70 Aussie dollars? as that = about $45USD.

Mind you, shipping is very expensive from Oz.

They suggest it be changed every 12 months.

Finally I don't get any exhaust fumes from the vehicles in front, seems to do the job.
 

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It filters fume smell too but allows air to pass through it ?
Thats pretty impressive.


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