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Cabin Air Filters - After Market vs OEM from Dealership

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I just bought my car (2014 Mazda 3) and wanted to do some maintenance myself. The dealership changed my oil and suggested to get my cabin air filter done for $58.

I declined saying I would do it myself - even though I've never done it. Anyway, I went onto Amazon and found an after market cabin air filter for $9.97 from cleenaire 4561. It kind of shocked me to see it for so cheap.. I was expecting at least $20? But it is rated good.

Is there any downside from using an after-market filter rather than having a dealership put in an OEM one? It seems to be good quality but this is something I dont know much about

Thank you!
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The cabin filter is only there to protect the a/c and heating heat exchangers and fan from debris. If you had a soft top/ open sun roof or are out walking then you are breathing the same air. So ashas been suggested find the cheapest one that will fit and remove periodically and vacuum leaves etc off it.
You can also buy a non mazda air filter, but I always buy a Mazda Oil and Fuel filter, they are critical.
To make the engine air filter last you could lay a few of those tumble dryer tissues on the top to cover it and check for leaf debris every time you wash and vac your car.
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