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J295
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Car Gurus ... Air Filter Recommendations

Post by J295 » Tue Oct 09, 2018 6:00 pm

Please recommend brand of air filter and where to purchase. Going to replace cabin air filter and engine air filter in Lexus GX 460. Thanks.

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Post by Alexa9 » Tue Oct 09, 2018 6:09 pm

OEM is good and inexpensive. I found mine on Amazon, but some online auto parts stores may be lower.

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Post by dm200 » Tue Oct 09, 2018 6:12 pm

Alexa9 wrote:
Tue Oct 09, 2018 6:09 pm
OEM is good and inexpensive. I found mine on Amazon, but some online auto parts stores may be lower.
For the engine air filter on my older Camry - just went to the local CARQUEST - told them the make/model - and they sold me one and even installed it for me - No Charge.. ;)

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Post by 28fe6 » Tue Oct 09, 2018 6:19 pm

oem or wix

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Post by J295 » Tue Oct 09, 2018 6:31 pm

Thanks.

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Post by tibbitts » Tue Oct 09, 2018 6:32 pm

J295 wrote:
Tue Oct 09, 2018 6:00 pm
Please recommend brand of air filter and where to purchase. Going to replace cabin air filter and engine air filter in Lexus GX 460. Thanks.
Unless that's a beater Lexus, I'm guessing it's worth enough that you don't need to save a few dollars on an air filter, and could just buy OEM. I just replaced those two filters on my car and bought two different brands because that seemed to be the best deal - but the value of my car isn't that much more than the price of the filters. One of them was some off brand I'd never heard of and the box was marked wrong; the other was Fram.

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Post by tommy85 » Tue Oct 09, 2018 6:32 pm

Bought OEM for my ES and IS from densoproducts.com , cheaper than Amazon or other auto stores even counting shipping cost.

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Post by jabberwockOG » Tue Oct 09, 2018 6:49 pm

Higher end FRAM, WIX, Bosch filters engine and cabin filter can be ordered online at a discount from Amazon and are identical or better than OEM. Stay away from really low end super inexpensive air filters (also avoid any K&N "oiled" filters) on any car.

https://www.amazon.com/CA10996-Extra-Gu ... air+filter

Cabin air filters are a much more generic less critical item so order something like this that gets decent reviews at a good mid level price.


https://www.amazon.com/Kootek-Replaceme ... air+filter

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Post by bowtieman81 » Tue Oct 09, 2018 7:15 pm

Former mechanic turned engineer; I agree with the above. For our 2 cars I run OEM filters for everything. I normally buy them from Amazon and have not had an issue. Had a couple aftermarket filters that did not fit properly, so I went back to OEM. Saving $5 isn't worth it if the darn cabin filter is too thick to go in the space.

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Post by Doom&Gloom » Tue Oct 09, 2018 7:41 pm

jabberwockOG wrote:
Tue Oct 09, 2018 6:49 pm
Higher end FRAM, WIX, Bosch filters engine and cabin filter can be ordered online at a discount from Amazon and are identical or better than OEM. Stay away from really low end super inexpensive air filters (also avoid any K&N "oiled" filters) on any car.

https://www.amazon.com/CA10996-Extra-Gu ... air+filter

Cabin air filters are a much more generic less critical item so order something like this that gets decent reviews at a good mid level price.


https://www.amazon.com/Kootek-Replaceme ... air+filter
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Post by GW208 » Tue Oct 09, 2018 8:03 pm

I've had really good luck with parts from RockAuto.

https://www.rockauto.com/en/catalog/lex ... ilter,6192

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Post by Nissanzx1 » Tue Oct 09, 2018 8:07 pm

I've been doing my own vehicle maintenance for about 20 years. My daily driver has 266K miles. I order my air and cabin filters on ebay. Cheapest USA seller is what I buy. Just did this in 2 of our cars last week it was about $20 for all 4 filters.

Most of these parts are made in Asia and I don't see massive swings in quality. Now, oil filters I'm more picky on.

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Post by dknightd » Tue Oct 09, 2018 8:16 pm

I buy factory recommended ones. The savings comes from putting it in yourself. I refuse to spend $100/ hour when I could do it myself for less than half that.
Edit - I might be underpaid ;)

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Post by whodidntante » Tue Oct 09, 2018 8:28 pm

I buy Motorcraft filters from rockauto.com, about two years supply at a time.

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Post by criticalmass » Tue Oct 09, 2018 9:03 pm

Wix or Purolator. These are likely the actual OEM anyway, are good quality and are available at reasonable cost.

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Post by turnturnturn » Tue Oct 09, 2018 10:00 pm

Wix from a locally owned parts store, which I try to patronize whenever possible. Their advice is invaluable at times.

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Post by t3xn » Tue Oct 09, 2018 10:09 pm

wix filters from amazon.com or go to retailmenot.com and get the latest Advance Auto coupon code {usually 25% off) and order a Purolator for in-store pickup.

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Post by Teague » Wed Oct 10, 2018 11:17 am

OEM. Some OEM brands are available at Walmart at a very good price.

Few things will kill a motor quicker than breathing dirty air.

OEM filters will fit correctly, avoiding gaps that can cause dirty air to bypass the filter.

OEM filters are generally built better. Compare side-by-side with aftermarket. Though some premium aftermarket filters will come close.

OEM filters will load in a linear fashion. As dirt accumulates, the resistance to flow will increase gradually and predictably. Some aftermarket filters, especially "high performance" filters marketed to increase horsepower, may have a slightly lower resistance when new. But as dirt accumulates, there is a point where (edit:) resistance to air flow will suddenly and dramatically increase. Basically resistance to air flow plotted against dirt loading suddenly transitions from linear to exponential, and it doesn't take a lot of dirt to reach that point.

Just my opinion.
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Post by alfaspider » Wed Oct 10, 2018 12:39 pm

Doesn't really matter much as long as it's not an uber cheapo. They have a simple function.

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Post by TnGuy » Wed Oct 10, 2018 1:34 pm

+1 WIX. They are very good quality and I have used them for years.


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Post by RobLyons » Wed Oct 10, 2018 1:36 pm

Just bought the highest rated, cheap filters on amazon. The brand is "epauto" and they fit perfect. Saved $75 vs dealership. Simple function.

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Post by lazydavid » Fri Oct 12, 2018 5:02 am

OE filters are $17, just use them.

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Post by Keim » Fri Oct 12, 2018 3:43 pm

I've been satisfied with my permanent K & N cloth filters. Just take them out to clean and oil a couple times a year. They paid for themselves in a little over a year, IIRC.

On my 1976 Monte and 93 F150 they resulted in better power and MPGs. On newer cars that was not noticed.

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