After-market Air filter '03 Camry

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Old 11 Apr 2005, 04:38 pm   #1 (permalink)
timbirr@mailcity.com
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Default After-market Air filter '03 Camry

Well, Napa finally has an after-market air filter and cabin air filter
out now for my '03 4-cylinder.

Up until now, nobody locally had aftermarkets and the Toyota dealer
charged $22 for the air filter one last time I looked vs. $12 at Napa
and $28 for the cabin vs. $22 at Napa.

Well, I'm exaggerating a bit, but I had to stand on my head, recite
Japanese and curse colorfully before I could get the air filter box
cover to snap back into place. Seems that Napa made the rubber edge
gasket fairly thick on the air filter, which made it hellish to get the
filter into place. Hey, for the $10 savings, I managed, but was not
happy.

The Origninal Toyota filter is fiber medium all around, no rubber at
all and on the edges where the cover snaps down is about 75 percent
thinner than the after-market replacement.

The cabin air filter was a little fussier than the Toyota also, but did
snap in without TOO much trouble.

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Old 12 Apr 2005, 04:21 pm   #2 (permalink)
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timbirr@mailcity.com wrote:
> Well, Napa finally has an after-market air filter and cabin air filter
> out now for my '03 4-cylinder.
>
> Up until now, nobody locally had aftermarkets and the Toyota dealer
> charged $22 for the air filter one last time I looked vs. $12 at Napa
> and $28 for the cabin vs. $22 at Napa.
>
> Well, I'm exaggerating a bit, but I had to stand on my head, recite
> Japanese and curse colorfully before I could get the air filter box
> cover to snap back into place. Seems that Napa made the rubber edge
> gasket fairly thick on the air filter, which made it hellish to get
> the filter into place. Hey, for the $10 savings, I managed, but was
> not happy.
>
> The Origninal Toyota filter is fiber medium all around, no rubber at
> all and on the edges where the cover snaps down is about 75 percent
> thinner than the after-market replacement.
>
> The cabin air filter was a little fussier than the Toyota also, but
> did snap in without TOO much trouble.


I've found the same problem with WIX filters, which are a good quality and
make a lot of the NAPA filters for them. Don't know the exact dollar savings
but it is noticable.
davidj92


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Old 12 Apr 2005, 07:35 pm   #3 (permalink)
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You can buy OEM yota parts from some of the discount dealers for 20-30%
off --- and some ship free with no sales tax. I personally would rather
stick with parts I know I can depend on --- otherwise I would have bought a
Hyndai and saved >$7k! $22k for Can\mry SE vice $14k for Hyndai.

<timbirr@mailcity.com> wrote in message
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> Well, Napa finally has an after-market air filter and cabin air filter
> out now for my '03 4-cylinder.
>
> Up until now, nobody locally had aftermarkets and the Toyota dealer
> charged $22 for the air filter one last time I looked vs. $12 at Napa
> and $28 for the cabin vs. $22 at Napa.
>
> Well, I'm exaggerating a bit, but I had to stand on my head, recite
> Japanese and curse colorfully before I could get the air filter box
> cover to snap back into place. Seems that Napa made the rubber edge
> gasket fairly thick on the air filter, which made it hellish to get the
> filter into place. Hey, for the $10 savings, I managed, but was not
> happy.
>
> The Origninal Toyota filter is fiber medium all around, no rubber at
> all and on the edges where the cover snaps down is about 75 percent
> thinner than the after-market replacement.
>
> The cabin air filter was a little fussier than the Toyota also, but did
> snap in without TOO much trouble.
>



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Old 12 Apr 2005, 07:44 pm   #4 (permalink)
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Give me the names and URLS and I'll order. I'm in Oregon, so sales tax
is not an issue (we don't have it).

Yep, I know WIX makes pretty much all the Napa "Gold" filters, which
these were. Wix are top quality.

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Old 14 Apr 2005, 06:13 pm   #5 (permalink)
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http://www.kendalltoyotapartsonline....ore/Qstore.cgi
http://www.toyotaparts4u.com/
http://www.thepartsbin.com/toyota_parts.html
http://www.toyotaofplanoparts.com/default.asp
http://www.toyotapart.com/Default.asp?c=141220

<timbirr@mailcity.com> wrote in message
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> Give me the names and URLS and I'll order. I'm in Oregon, so sales tax
> is not an issue (we don't have it).
>
> Yep, I know WIX makes pretty much all the Napa "Gold" filters, which
> these were. Wix are top quality.
>



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Old 14 Apr 2005, 08:36 pm   #6 (permalink)
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I checked the prices on the websites. None of them work out cheaper
than the Napa parts, although they are considerably cheaper than my
local Toy dealer's prices -- except for oil filters, seems those are
cheap at all Toy dealers.

When I get into ignition parts, I'll probably order from one of the
above though.

I'm perfectly satisfied with Napa filters, despite the extra
four-minutes I have to struggle and curse to get the air filter
in....at least I know it fits tight (HA HA).

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Old 15 Apr 2005, 12:33 am   #7 (permalink)
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On Tue, 12 Apr 2005 20:35:12 -0400, "Wolfgang"
<NOwolfgangdieterSPAM@cox.net> wrote:

>You can buy OEM yota parts from some of the discount dealers for 20-30%
>off --- and some ship free with no sales tax. I personally would rather
>stick with parts I know I can depend on --- otherwise I would have bought a
>Hyndai and saved >$7k! $22k for Can\mry SE vice $14k for Hyndai.
>

I'm with you there. I prefer OEM items myself. Cheaper after market
parts are exactly that --- CHEAPER (in quality, in fitment, in
durability, etc.)

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