Volkswagen Cabin Air Filter Buyer's Guide


Does your Volkswagen have a cabin air filter? You will only need to change it every 15K-25K miles. As a car owner, it’s important to know a bit about cabin air filters, including:

  • What cabin air filters are
  • How to know when to change a cabin air filter
  • How to find the right replacement cabin air filter

This buyer’s guide has all the information you need.

What’s A Cabin Air Filter?

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Situated behind the dash, a cabin air filter keeps the air inside the cabin clean. It’s a square or rectangular part with tightly packed pleated material. This article offers a thorough explanation on what cabin air filters are and how they work.

When Should I Replace My Cabin Air Filter?

When you notice the symptoms of a dirty cabin air filter, it’s worth taking the time to check your filter. The most common symptoms are:

  • Reduced airflow into the cabin
  • Increased cabin temperatures
  • Musty scent
  • Poor window fog clearing

Checking your cabin air filter is pretty easy. All you have to do is to pull it out and then inspect it. The hardest part is accessing the cabin air filter. Depending on the model you have, it may take only a few minutes, or it may take longer. You can find a write-up online. Here’s a set of tutorials for the Beetle, Jetta, and Atlas models.

Should I Get An OEM Or Aftermarket Replacement Filter?

When it’s time to change the cabin air filter, you have two types of replacement filters to choose from:

  1. OEM
  2. Aftermarket

This comparison guide covers all the important factors that go into choosing the right cabin air filter:

  • Material quality
  • Dimensions
  • Pleat count

The guide concludes that OEM cabin air filters a much better option.

Do you have any more questions related to cabin air filters? Feel free to reach out to us!