Have you been quoted an astronomical price from the dealer for an air filter replacement? Our 2008 Mazda CX-7 has been a wonderful car for the past year we have owned it. The car gets great mileage from the 2.3 liter engine. However we recently had the pleasure of having the air conditioning compressor go bad over Christmas 2009.
Mazda’s free roadside assistance was very helpful and the repair was free. However I was slightly suprised when the Mazda dealer maintenance salesperson called to say the filters were not covered. Ok how much could a Mazda CX-7 cabin air filter cost to install? I was quoted an astounding $350 for fuel injection cleaning, cabin air filter, and engine air filter replacement.
Yikes! No fuel injection cleaning, how much for the filters? $150 was the quoted for the total. I responded you have to be kidding me. The air filter for the air conditioning system that removes the stinky air, pollen etc… is $75 to install. I checked on Google and came accross one on Ebay. $7.89 for the Mazda Cabin air filter plus $3.40 shipping. So the dealer was charging $75 and I was buying it for $11.29 total and five minutes of my time to install.
Four days later I received my filter. I placed a Google search and came across a great forum that had the picture by picture instructions. I have placed a link below for reference. I couldn’t have done a better job of explaining the installation of the filter myself. Saving $63.71 dollars and the hassle of taking my car to the dealer.
The Mazda CX-7 cabin air filter is located behind the glove box. There are no tools needed to replace the air filter. You push the plastic stopper pieces in on each side while sliding it open. Then unsnap the damper located in the lower right side. Push to the left in order to unsnap it. I hope this was helpful post in order to save you money, time and realize that the dealers are ripping everyone off.
Mazda Forum Click Here
- No Tools Required
- Under $12 dollars on Ebay (Shipping Included)
- Do it yourself in 5 minutes