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    My 2012 WRX has 16k miles. I just took it in for an oil change and the dealer pulled the cabin air filter and air intake filter. They showed them both to me and they both looked somewhat dirty but not horrible. The dealer recommended I replace them at a cost of $50 for the air intake filter and a whopping $70 for the cabin air filter. I declined because this sounded like an exorbitant price to say the least. $120 to replace a couple of air filters?

    Furthermore the dealer told me they recommended that I replace the cabin air filter every 7500 miles, so with each oil change.

    So my question is, what is a reasonable price for this service, and what are reasonable intervals to replace these items? I am definitely going to DIY the air intake filter as that is right up there with refilling windshield washer fluid. Is the cabin air filter another easy DIY replacement?

    Thanks!

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    Both are easy replacements. That's how and why the dealer removed them to show you.

    Prices vary. Reasonable intervals are irrelevant. Only the intervals specified in your owner's manual matter. Follow that schedule, prefer authentic parts, and keep all dated receipts for the parts in case of a future warranty claim.

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    You can find a suitable cabin replacement filter on Amazon.com for $15.

    You can also find suitable replacement OEM intake air filters for $20-25 or so online as well. Avoid oiled filters like K&N though.

    You can certainly change either one easily by yourself.
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    I have a few cabin filters sitting around here that will never get used by me. I assume they won't transfer over to the GD STi when I get it. I need to see how much shipping them would be though, and you don't have a location in your profile.
    These are them though, on Amazon. I have 3, unless I use one before trade-in:
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B002VFH5J6
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    Correct. The airboxes in the GRs and GDs are different...by just a little bit, but its enough!
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    I bought an AEM dry flow intake filter from Amazon for $43. I haven't replaced the cabin filter yet. I had to pull the whole airbox out to install it, but it's pretty easy, about 10-15 minute job.

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    Why would you have to take out the whole airbox? You should just be able to pop open the lid and drop it in.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mikie13 View Post
    Correct. The airboxes in the GRs and GDs are different...by just a little bit, but its enough!
    Yeah, figured as much. Think the years fit list was 08+ WRX, 09+ Foresters, maybe Legies too.....
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