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Old 08-25-2008, 08:38 AM   #1
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Default car air filter? Does brand matter?

I paid $24 (double what I thought it would be) for mine at Autozone it I opened and well....the filter itself looks like it went through a washing machine. It is made by STP. I am willing to bet that some a-hole returned it like this. Are there any companies that I should avoid? From the looks of it (I searched on line) they all look like they are bought from one company and rebranded.
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Old 08-25-2008, 08:49 AM   #2
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Default car air filter? Does brand matter?

Some fit a little better then others for certain brands. But I just buy the cheapest and if it fits I use it. If not I return and try another.
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Default car air filter? Does brand matter?

Yes. Look at the link in my sig.
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Many people believe that buying and using OEM in replacement of car parts like an air filter is very advisable and more practical, actually brand name should be the last factor in choosing a replacement for auto parts. It is recommended to use generic (custom fit) for replacement. It often has a good quality and it's quite cheaper.
Ok, I marked the problems with your statement. The brand for many things is important because "often" having good quality isn't really that good. I don't want to buy stuff that "often" will do what it should, I want to get something that I know is going to work. I'm not saying that the OP should go out and get the highest priced replacement filter out there, but OEM or a brand known for making good parts is a good place to start.
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Old 06-23-2011, 01:22 AM   #6
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For air filters, I go to Autozone/etc. For oil filters, I go OEM - but that's me.
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Pureone for both if possible. $7 gold oil filters and $13 blue air filters. These are normal prices. So when they are on sale its win win win

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I've just been using whatever NAPA is selling for the lowest price. Performance air filters won't make a lick of difference on cars with a stock intake. Those bloody K&N ones have to be cleaned and oiled too. PITA if you ask me.
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I'd go OEM for both engine intake and cabin filters.
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Old 06-23-2011, 12:12 PM   #11
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lol....i was cleaning out my trunk yesterday and saw my new cabin air filter. Appearently, I am supposed to replace it every 30K. I have 82K and I have not done it yet....

Also....holy necro....
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Old 06-23-2011, 09:01 PM   #12
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I always buy the cheapest possible, but i also replace it monthly because i get it covered in mud monthly.
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lol....i was cleaning out my trunk yesterday and saw my new cabin air filter. Appearently, I am supposed to replace it every 30K. I have 82K and I have not done it yet....

Also....holy necro....
you should do it lol i changed mine around 40k and it was FILTHY.

my wife's was @ 65k and it was the original and was terrible.
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Also....holy necro....
Wow, you're right. I didn't see the date. What is it with people signing up to do just one random post on a very dead thread?
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you should do it lol i changed mine around 40k and it was FILTHY.

my wife's was @ 65k and it was the original and was terrible.
trust me....I want to change it....but then i saw what you had to do to get to the cabin filter in a Mazda 3. Like everything else in this car, even the simplest task is a chore. But yeah, it will be done....
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Many people believe that buying and using OEM in replacement of car parts like an air filter is very advisable and more practical, actually brand name should be the last factor in choosing a replacement for auto parts. It is recommended to use generic (custom fit) for replacement. It often has a good quality and it's quite cheaper.
This!

Too many people swear by OEM.
OEM simply means that particular supplier was the low bidder when the Manufacturer was pricing parts.
IMHO, if you buy the cheapest parts, you are very likely getting at least OEM quality, most of the time anyway.
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Good deal. I saw a flyer for the Oil + Air filter rebate while I was browsing in Kmart today. I wasn't even aware they carried air filters, but they seem to have a decent selection. Doing some research online, it looks like the Classic air filter can be had for ~$10 after rebate for my mom's car (which looks like it needs to be replaced).
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Wow, you're right. I didn't see the date. What is it with people signing up to do just one random post on a very dead thread?
most of the time it's someone spamming their own site. chances are this is the same thing.
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most of the time it's someone spamming their own site. chances are this is the same thing.
You're probably right, as the link in his post leads to a WordPress site on Air Filters:

http://carpartsavenue.wordpress.com/...icles-gas-mask
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You're probably right, as the link in his post leads to a WordPress site on Air Filters:

http://carpartsavenue.wordpress.com/...icles-gas-mask
Did you read anything on there? It's hilariously bad. Here's a snippet.

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