Had my '07 Accord which is going off warranty later this month in to the
local dealer this morning for routine maintenance (A-1 level according
to the dash display indicator). After declining all the specially
formulated lotions, potions and additives they "strongly recommend", I
settled into a chair in the customer lounge for the advertised 45
minutes or less.
The service adviser/weasel came in after about 25 minutes, sat down
gently beside me and in a serious voice, asked when was the last time I
changed the cabin air filter. His tone was similar to my doctor
inquiring last week about the date of my last colonoscopy and prostate
I sheepishly admitted the filter had never been changed and he mentioned
that they were running a springtime special of only $89 to change it. I
said that seemed a lot of money to change a filter and he explained that
it was a special filter in a very difficult location that took a lot of
Skeptic that I am, I declined the service. Besides which, the cabin
ventilation is just fine in my car anyway.
While they finished up the car, I went online on my smart phone and
found a YouTube video of a 13 year old kid showing how to change the
Accord filter yourself in less than 5 minutes with no tools.
So on the way home, I picked up a high quality name brand (Purolator)
cabin filter for $11 at the AutoZone and popped it in. Took me about two