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I went to buy a cabin air filter at Walmart and it was 50 bucks! I just got a k&n for 41.00 which will last forever. I also got the engine air from them also for 54.00 both delivered for free from the factory.
 

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I have a '13 1.4LT. Haven't replaced the air filter yet but do you mean to tell me it's $54 freaking dollars? :signs053:
 

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You can buy the ACDelco OEM air filters on Amazon for $11.58. Link

Personally, I wouldn't use any aftermarket filters, including K&N. For $11.50, there's no good reason to unless you've got an aftermarket intake.

Edit: I need to work on reading comprehension. I didn't realize K&N made cabin air filters.

The charcoal filter used to be ACDelco part# CF176, but it was discontinued around a year ago IIRC. There was no ACDelco part for a while, but it looks like it was replaced with CF184 which runs around $22 in various places on the internet (amazon, ebay).

I've been sticking with the ACDelco charcoal filters. I tried a $10 TYC replacement filter and it was crap. It was as thin as the plain paper filters with a very small amount of charcoal that was embedded with most of it being little black balls stuck on the outside that fell off.
 

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The original cabin air filter AC Delco brand can be found in the Rockauto catalog for about @20.00. I did order one of the $9 cabin air filters, and it was shipped with other parts in the box that crushed it. I was able to make it work, but it was leaking carbon dust everywhere.

Definitely not the quality of the AC Delco one, but not the full price either.
 

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The charcoal ones tend to make a good difference in smells getting into the cabin. I think mine was $20 at my work (dealership)
 

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I never could understand the purpose of a cabin filter. When the weather is nice 8-9 months of the year I drive with the window down or part way eliminating the purpose of a cabin filter. I installed rain guards on the cruze just for that reason.
 

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Cabin filters get dirty quick. The k&n will last the life of the car. Also, the quality is very high and at 9.50 you get what u pay for.
 

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You think you're saving money with a K&N, but you're really not. You're getting an inferior product.

K&N filters pass nearly 50x more dirt through than OEM filters do, so you're kind of defeating the purpose of a cabin air filter by using something with a low filtration efficiency. Furthermore, the carbon-filled OE filter has the secondary benefit of reducing cabin odors, which the K&N filter will not. In addition, they clog up and become restrictive 3x faster than OEM filters, so you're servicing them 3x as often, and it isn't a simple "out with the old, in with the new" process. You have to buy the cleaning kit (more $$), wash the filer, rinse the filter, wait for it to dry completely, then oil the filter, carefully.

A $11.50 ACDELCO filter will filter out FAR more contaminants, need servicing 1/3 as often, and will be far more convenient to service.
 

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You think you're saving money with a K&N, but you're really not. You're getting an inferior product.

K&N filters pass nearly 50x more dirt through than OEM filters do, so you're kind of defeating the purpose of a cabin air filter by using something with a low filtration efficiency. In addition, they clog up and become restrictive 3x faster than OEM filters, so you're servicing them 3x as often, and it isn't a simple "out with the old, in with the new" process. You have to buy the cleaning kit, wash the filer, rinse the filter, wait for it to dry completely, then oil the filter, carefully.

A $11.50 ACDELCO filter will filter out FAR more contaminants, need servicing 1/3 as often, and will be far more convenient to service.
SHHH, don't tell people that the engineers that designed the system knew what they were doing. K&N all the filters!!
 

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Have replaced my air filter twice in 60K miles, paid only $22 so far. would have to drive 120K at that rate just to break even with the K&N, but would be using an inferior product.

Have not paid more than $12 a piece for a cabin filter online either, used the AC delco CF184 for the cabin filter both times and the A3144C air filter.
 

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No problems with a TYC 800149C carbon air filter from rockauto.com For $7.15 plus a couple of bucks extra for shipping. Does make a difference from detecting gas odors from that guy in front of you.

Really appreciate these things if you spent hours trying to clean out all the debris that builds up on your evaporator, heater core, and all over the insides of your vent duct work.

One sure sign besides debris buildup caused by a poor filter, is restricting vent air flow. Rockauto put mine in a box wrapped in bubble wrap, if any other, would complain about this.

Welcome to this board JerTM, need more people on this board with some technical expertise.
 

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I got my engine air filter for about $11 and my cabin air filter for about $15 through rockauto.com - both OEM Delco filters.
 

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When I went back to look at my order from December where I bought the air filters, I noticed something new: There is now a line in the description (which wasn't there in December) on the CF181 that indicates "Except Reinforced Electric Heating/Defroster System(C32)". There is now a new part number CF197 with the added description "REINFORCED ELECTRIC HEATING/DEFROSTER SYSTEM(C32)," It appears that those of us with Diesels might have a different cabin filter number now, but I wonder what the difference is between the two.
 

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When I went back to look at my order from December where I bought the air filters, I noticed something new: There is now a line in the description (which wasn't there in December) on the CF181 that indicates "Except Reinforced Electric Heating/Defroster System(C32)". There is now a new part number CF197 with the added description "REINFORCED ELECTRIC HEATING/DEFROSTER SYSTEM(C32)," It appears that those of us with Diesels might have a different cabin filter number now, but I wonder what the difference is between the two.
Hmm
 

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I never could understand the purpose of a cabin filter. When the weather is nice 8-9 months of the year I drive with the window down or part way eliminating the purpose of a cabin filter. I installed rain guards on the cruze just for that reason.
Useful when it's too cold or hot to have the windows down. I only need my cabin air filter about half the year for the same reason - my windows are down.
 

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All you have to do is buy aftermarket charcoal filter sheets (about $6) , cut it to size, place it over the top of the cabin filter and just replace the sheet when needed. I replace the sheet every year and have only bought 1 (cheap) filter which still looks like new.
Amazon.com - Aftermarket Holmes HAPF60PDQ-U 4-pack Air Purifier Carbon Replacement Filter - Holmes Arm And Hammer Filters
Ha, you are even more frugal than I am. Do these carbon sheets add restrictions?
 
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