Throwing caution to the wind and jumping on the grenade I installed the K&N air filter and went for a spin.
Right off, the air intake growl of the Atkinson motor was less, otherwise the ICE performed as usual, even my wife commented about the lesser amount of the moose call noise.
For everything else it's too early to tell but it fit perfect and had a tight seal when I screwed the lid back in place.
In addition, no need to service the filter for 50,000 miles of 'normal driving', which is all I do.
(Edit: Let's see, at $17.99 for a Motorcraft Air filter (Amazon) every 20k miles, I'll need 2.5 of them in the next 50k miles. That's $44.97.
The K&N cost $44.27. I think that is pretty close and I won't have to lift the lid to service the filter 2.5 times in the next 50k miles either.)
I also found it interesting that K&N now puts a special card in the box that consumers are told to keep in their car. If any Dealer or auto service company tells you that a warranty service is denied it has a K&N phone number we are supposed to call, K&N will then engage that company immediately. Think what you will about that but I followed instructions and put the card in the glovebox.
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Edited by GrySql, 04 August 2015 - 11:02 PM.