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February 9, 2009 9:53 PM Subscribe
Autofilter: Is there any other part of a car that I can replace and give a decent boost of performance like K&N Air Filter? Also my trunk door does not stay up.
posted by jstarlee to travel & transportation (17 answers total)
A recent check-up has told me that the air filter and cabin air filter of my 05' Mazda 6 (2.3L) need to be replaced. Knowing that air filter is relatively easy to replace, I did not do it at dealer's place. (same place that inspected my car)
I then proceed to Autozone/Advanced Parts to get a quote on air filters of my car and was told by a clerk that, since my car is still pretty new, it's worth looking into a K&N air filter. "It's prolly the only air filter that you will feel a difference on performance, and you only need to clean it instead of replace it," according to him. Although I do know the importance of maintaining my car, I don't know too much about DIY tuning-up. My first question : Is there any other parts on a car that I can replace with almost-zero mechanic skill that gives performance improvement (or is considered a good investment)? Second question, I have the hatchback model and the trunk door does not stay up. The mechanics said something about replacing "shocks" and will cost $100+. Does this sound reasonable? Is it possible for me to replace them myself? If not would it make any difference if I get it replaced at the dealership or a cheaper place that I have had decent experience with?
My car is a 05' Mazda 6 2.3L hatchback with about 70k on it. Got the car last year and it's been very nice. Please pardon the long questions (trying to get my weekly question count) and thank you very much in advance!!