Six-Star (red) OEM equivalent cabin air filter replacement. Single air filter per package. Fits Outback, Impreza, Legacy, Forester, Crosstrek, BRZ and Ascent models for available years.
This is an OEM equivalent cabin air filter. Dirt, pollen, and leaves can easily build up and cause the air conditioning and heating system strain. Subaru recommends replacement every 15k miles on most vehicles equipped with these filters standard (model years 2005 and newer).
NOTE: Subaru is not terribly clear on what years and models before 2005 had filters or spots for them from the factory. We advise you look for a replacement sticker on the door jamb or remove glovebox to verify you have one or the space for one on pre-20005 models.
At Smart Service (and Smart Quality Parts), we have been carrying and using the Six Star brand in our repair facility for over 15 years. Since the majority of our in-house technicians are Subaru factory trained we understand the benefit and need for correctly fitting and functioning replacement parts. The benefit of being an independent facility is that we are not required to use the Genuine Subaru stamped parts but unlike other independents, we didn't want to use aftermarket parts just to cut costs and increase our margins.
We found Six Star in that search for the perfect balance between OEM quality and a more affordable price by cutting Subaru out as a middleman. We supplement with the Genuine Subaru parts where we feel that is needed or required if Six Star doesn't manufacture a certain part, but we mostly use Six Star because more often than not the part is identical to what you would buy at the dealer.
The description below outlines the color and sticker system on the parts you may receive. Please know that 90%+ of the Six Star parts we carry are the Gold Star OEM designation and the Red Star options are just as good in our opinion (see our replacement oil filter for example, you can see it cut open next to a Genuine Subaru filter there is no difference at all).
We offer our own private Six Star label parts that identifies OEM parts with a gold star:
and alternative source parts with a red star: