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Is this the correct one? the 1.5" charcoal?<br> <A HREF="http://www.ipdusa.com/version.asp?strPageHistory=category&numSearchStartRecord=0&strParents=127,382&P_ID=635&CAT_ID=382&V_ID=12560" TARGET="_blank">http://www.ipdusa.com/version....12560</A> <p>Just double checking!<p>EDIT: is this non-OE basically "just as good" as the OE?
 

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Re: non OE pollen filter (iamnotmad)

Good question, the reviews talking about front and back slots confused me. I was trying to figure out how many filters we needed. I find it hard to go tear apart the car with the kids so I like to ask questions that many find silly. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/tongue.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: non OE pollen filter (dave_n_ruth)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>iamnotmad</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Is this the correct one? the 1.5" charcoal?<br> <A HREF="http://www.ipdusa.com/version.asp?strPageHistory=category&numSearchStartRecord=0&strParents=127,382&P_ID=635&CAT_ID=382&V_ID=12560" TARGET="_blank">http://www.ipdusa.com/version....12560</A> <p>Just double checking!<p>EDIT: is this non-OE basically "just as good" as the OE?</TD></TR></TABLE><br>Do you have the IAQS? (Interior Air Quality... <i>Something</i>...) Basically, does your recirculate button say "Auto" on it at all? If so, you want the charcoal one.<p><br><TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>dave_n_ruth</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Good question, the reviews talking about front and back slots confused me. I was trying to figure out how many filters we needed. I find it hard to go tear apart the car with the kids so I like to ask questions that many find silly. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/tongue.gif" BORDER="0"> </TD></TR></TABLE><br>It's easy stuff, really. There's an airbox under/behind the glove compartment through which the interior air travels from the outside before entering the cabin. You remove the panel under the glove compartment to get to the filter. There are two slots: one for the IAQS charcoal filter and one for the basic fabric/paper filter. The one your car <i>didn't</i> come with has a thin piece of plastic running along the length of the hole so you don't/can't put the filter in the wrong place! But, some people like to upgrade from the fabric/paper filter to the charcoal filter by cutting the tab off. That's all! (Except... apparently you get reduced airflow with the charcoal filter so your fan doesn't feel as powerful??? I think I remember reading that...)
 

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Re: non OE pollen filter (StarmanDXE)

I do have auto on the recirc. Don't all R's have the IAQS? <p>Any opinions/facts on the linked above non-OW being "as good as" the OE?<p>Thanks for the info.
 

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Re: non OE pollen filter (iamnotmad)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>iamnotmad</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">I do have auto on the recirc. Don't all R's have the IAQS?</TD></TR></TABLE><br>Prob-bly.<p><br><TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Any opinions/facts on the linked above non-OW being "as good as" the OE?</TD></TR></TABLE><br>What's an OEM one cost?
 

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Re: non OE pollen filter (iamnotmad)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>iamnotmad</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">I do have auto on the recirc. Don't all R's have the IAQS? <br></TD></TR></TABLE><p><TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>StarmanDXE</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><br>Prob-bly.<p></TD></TR></TABLE><p>Absolutely not. It's an option.
 

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Re: non OE pollen filter (Needsdecaf)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Needsdecaf</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Absolutely not. It's an option. </TD></TR></TABLE><br>Right-o! That's why I said to check the recirc button for "Auto" <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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you can use a charcoal one from FCP even with out IAQS they have a 1 inch instead of the 1.5 activated charcoal is the best type of filter out there.
 

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Well, I just ordered that one linked in my first post (wanted to get it in early enough to get by Saturday). Can't be that bad if IPD sells it. Even if it does not last as well, it's 1/3 the cost.<p>I do have IAQS, so the 1.5" charcoal one is the one I want, that's what this non-OE is.
 

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The cheap IPD version is complete crap. I would go OEM. <p>You get what you pay for can be applied to this.<p>As a note: The IPD filter will go into a different slot than the OEM filter you have with IAQS. The OEM filter you will be pulling out is closer to the engine where the one from IPD goes into the slot closer to the passenger seat. <B>Do Not Use Filters in both slots</B> you will harm your blower.
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>850arrrsaylikepirate</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">The cheap IPD version is complete crap. I would go OEM. <p>You get what you pay for can be applied to this.<p>As a note: The IPD filter will go into a different slot than the OEM filter you have with IAQS. The OEM filter you will be pulling out is closer to the engine where the one from IPD goes into the slot closer to the passenger seat. <B>Do Not Use Filters in both slots</B> you will harm your blower. </TD></TR></TABLE><p>I am getting the 1.5" non-OE charcoal - should go in the same slot is my understanding. 1" is the non-charcoal in the smaller slot (for non-IAQS).
 

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Oops you are correct. <p>Whats nice about the OEM unit, is that it slides in very easily the IPD one takes some mooshing.
 

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I agree the IPD filter dose take a little more work to get it into the proper place, but seem to filter the air just as well after several months of use.<br>However, I did notice that the blower was noticeably louder when on high compared to the OEM filter, anyone else notice this?<br>
 

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I would guess that means more air flow, less filtration, higher fan speed. Maybe that could negatively effect the life of the fan.
 

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Re: non OE pollen filter (Needsdecaf)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Needsdecaf</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>Absolutely not. It's an option. </TD></TR></TABLE><p>In Canada it was standard equipment (IIRC graphite pegs and NAV were the only things that were not standard from the factory).<p><TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>850arrrsaylikepirate</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">The cheap IPD version is complete crap. I would go OEM. <br></TD></TR></TABLE><p>What's crap about it?<p>LTA<p>
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>LTA</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><br>What's crap about it?</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Let's see, the fact that it falls apart upon installation for one. <p>Maybe its my stupid nose but the OEM seems to filter the air better, though most likely I'm <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/zeroforum_graphics/screwy.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: non OE pollen filter (850arrrsaylikepirate)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>850arrrsaylikepirate</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>Let's see, the fact that it falls apart upon installation for one. <p>Maybe its my stupid nose but the OEM seems to filter the air better, though most likely I'm <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/zeroforum_graphics/screwy.gif" BORDER="0"> </TD></TR></TABLE><p>Stop having the trunk monkey install your cabin filter. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/zeroforum_graphics/screwy.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: non OE pollen filter (chinaonnitrous1)

Dude you should see him change my oil, what a f'n mess.
 

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Re: non OE pollen filter (850arrrsaylikepirate)

The non-OE filter linked in my first post just went in the car. Fit perfectly, no scrunching or anything. It looked exactly the same as the OE I pulled out (except for the nastiness of the old one). 1.5" activated Charcoal exact fit for $14. Can't beat that.
 
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