Date: Sat, 03 Oct 1998 23:43:05 -0400
From: "David A. Ingram" <>
Subject: Re: Parts Rip OFF wrote: > > I just replaced the Air Ventilator Filter on my 95' 900SET and paid > $59.00 to find I could get it from the net for $33.00 > > Either way I think is too much for an Air Filter. I can get a top of > the line filter (pollen and activated carbon filtering) for my whole > house in Home Depot for $29.00. > > I'm keeping the old core to install a replacement filtering material > from the hardware store and perhaps get better filtering > than the original. > > I'll let you know... You cannot get a better filter than the OEM SAAB unit, certainly not by doctoring one from local hardware store materials. Home units are designed to trap most particles, but the SAAB material is designed to trap the very minutest particles. That's one reason the car's climate control system is friendlier to allergies than any homes. Think about it: try to filter those particles in a home when doors and windows are constantly being opened and closed, and given the myriad ways particles can collect and infiltrate the home -- you just can't do it. In a controlled space like a car interior, with carpets and fabrics to trap interior particles etc, this becomes a more feasible project. Add to that the practical necessity of filtering things like diesel fumes and you can see the merit of the more advanced filter material in a SAAB. Simply put, stick with the original SAAB part here. Even though you may have gotten greased by the local parts counter, it's not a huge outlay in the scheme of things and you won't need to spring for it again for several years. And although home products have come a long way, they simply cannot and will not be engineered to the same standard, because they cannot achieve these results. You certainly wouldn't find it for $22 at any rate. Just my two cents worth.

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