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I am really thinkin about buying a CAI. First of all I would like some suggestions on a tru CAI, because I have heard there is a huge difference in some of them because some just use hot air. Also, is it really worth the 150 dollars or however much? It adds like 6 hp right? And is it tru that it improves gas mileage and by how much? Also, does it void the warranty if I install it, because I did buy my car for the warranty. Gettin it installed probably wouldnt be too expensive, but its still extra money which blows. Feel free to answer my 2345345 questions lol.
 

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idk about all the differences but yes a CAI will improve gas mileage. and its never going to be true "cold" air, cuz of course its still around the engine which is hot as all get out. but its colder air than you're getting. and the only way it would void the warranty is it that specific aftermarket part messes up the car. like if you hydrolocked your car..that would pretty much not be covered under warranty because with a stock intake it's a hell of a lot harder to do. you can install a CAI yourself, its relatively easy and comes with instructions *most do at least* and with the gas mileage it kinda pays for itself though. and as far as some of them using hot air, there is Short Ram Intake and Cold Air Intake. short ram is going to be warmer and most likely come with a heat shield which helps, but its still in the engine bay. please anybody correct me on this because i more than likely got all this info from everyone on this forum when i asked the same questions a few weeks ago and i might not have gotten all the info down correctly :)
 

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it's not going to void anything ... the hp gain is minimul. but it is worth it ... better gas milage and it makes your engine sound deeper(you'll notice the diff in sound) i personally have the injen cai and i love it ! that's my two cents
 

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for the most part you got it all. SRI will give you a bit more low end power and CAI will give you a bit more top end. CAIs are lower to the ground which can suck in water if you drive over a big puddle etc. both give the same amount of hp btw, but it all depends on where you want that little increase in power. i suggest you go with the Injen CAI or the K&N SRI. a question that you need to answer is whether or not you have SAI first before you look into intakes. there is a thread on here about SAIs so that should help you out. also it is very very very hard for the dealer to prove that one part has damaged the entire engine thus making it almost impossible to void your warranty. but like ^ said, if you hydrolock it will pump water into your engine and thats no bueno. then again if the water level is that high i wouldnt be driving. any other questions just ask.
 

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but technically jnicks...lets say he does hydrolock that bad boy, what if he throws on his stock intake again? lol, just a thought that is in no way relevant to helping his decision :p
 

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well the water will already be in the engine and you would have to drive your car into a lake in order for them to believe your stock air box caused it. and if you drive your car into a lake im pretty sure that will harm your warranty anyway. lol
 

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lol, damn. now you and i must sit here and ponder up a way to make the dealer believe it was necessary to drive into that lake...um...i had to drive into this lake to avoid being hit by a truck. lol but yeah t-balt...im actually looking to save up for the injen intake as im not to partial on SRI because it just doesnt make sense to me to pay that money and still have pretty much the same basic stock air box just w/out the top on it. IMO.
 

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A CAI is worth it to you if you want a little extra sound and a little more throttle response. If not then don't get it.

If you are worried about your warranty, don't ever mod your car. It's pretty simple really.

As for switching back to stock parts for warranty work, well that's fraud, dealers aren't that stupid, and you'll go to jail if you get caught. Have fun with that. If you hydrolock, it's not going to be covered by warranty anyway. That falls under the "you were stupid and broke your car" category, not warranty work.
 

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lol, damn. now you and i must sit here and ponder up a way to make the dealer believe it was necessary to drive into that lake...um...i had to drive into this lake to avoid being hit by a truck. lol but yeah t-balt...im actually looking to save up for the injen intake as im not to partial on SRI because it just doesnt make sense to me to pay that money and still have pretty much the same basic stock air box just w/out the top on it. IMO.
the SRI is a lot better than the stock air box trust me. the stock air box just has an air filter where as the SRI actually sucks in more air creating more power. all we have stock is really just a hose to the filter. im not trying to sway you into the SRI im just merely informing you correctly ;)
 

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lol, thanks for the information. but one thing about the stock air box, and sorry if im jacking ur threat a tad i just have one question. when everybody does the oh so famous air box mod, i know it makes it a whole lot louder, but if you follow that silencer down doesnt it suck in air kinda towards the bottom? and by taking it out wouldnt we then be taking in hotter air?
 

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for the most part you got it all. SRI will give you a bit more low end power and CAI will give you a bit more top end. CAIs are lower to the ground which can suck in water if you drive over a big puddle etc. both give the same amount of hp btw, but it all depends on where you want that little increase in power. i suggest you go with the Injen CAI or the K&N SRI. a question that you need to answer is whether or not you have SAI first before you look into intakes. there is a thread on here about SAIs so that should help you out. also it is very very very hard for the dealer to prove that one part has damaged the entire engine thus making it almost impossible to void your warranty. but like ^ said, if you hydrolock it will pump water into your engine and thats no bueno. then again if the water level is that high i wouldnt be driving. any other questions just ask.
Not true, lets say you have a cold air intake, and your clutch goes, or you blow you trannny or something. u bring it to the dealer for warranty. They say well th clutch is built fr 155 horsepower and with this cold air intake your producing more then that, so its ur fault. Bam voided.
 

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Well number one, they don't make a clutch to only hold that amount of power, number two, it still doesn't prove that the intake caused the clutch to go out.

I know what you're saying, but it is a little tougher than what you say.



As for the CAI, just buy a Hydro Shield as well (it's a little thing made of some kind of material/fabric that goes over the filter). They are about $30 more and worth the money. I will be getting one of those as well. I have the Injen and love it. My mileage has definitely gone up when I don't get on it.

Valid point about the high end for CAI and low end for SRI, SRI also provided a little better throttle response than CAI. Those two kind of go hand in hand (power range and throttle response).
 

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Well number one, they don't make a clutch to only hold that amount of power, number two, it still doesn't prove that the intake caused the clutch to go out.

I know what you're saying, but it is a little tougher than what you say.



As for the CAI, just buy a Hydro Shield as well (it's a little thing made of some kind of material/fabric that goes over the filter). They are about $30 more and worth the money. I will be getting one of those as well. I have the Injen and love it. My mileage has definitely gone up when I don't get on it.

Valid point about the high end for CAI and low end for SRI, SRI also provided a little better throttle response than CAI. Those two kind of go hand in hand (power range and throttle response).
ma maaan lol. but yeah the dealers really are not that smart (no offense). they cant actually prove the cai caused the malfunction unless they went back in time and watched what happened internally which is impossible. all you have to do is ask them to prove it and they wont have anything to say. yes they will try and convince you but hopefully you will be able to prove them otherwise.
 

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ma maaan lol. but yeah the dealers really are not that smart (no offense). they cant actually prove the cai caused the malfunction unless they went back in time and watched what happened internally which is impossible. all you have to do is ask them to prove it and they wont have anything to say. yes they will try and convince you but hopefully you will be able to prove them otherwise.
If you believe that then you aren't that smart. What are you going to take them to court? lol Please. Go ask the dozens of SS/SC owners who blew their #4 ring land how their warranty work went, and how the dealer "proved" the part was defective. You go ahead and get a lawyer and fight GM, because it's not the dealer it's GM. Almost always in the case of a total engine failure representatives will be sent to inspect the car. One aftermarket part and their lawyers will find a way to get out of it. You know what, their lawyers are better then yours, not to mention they will parade in the engineers that designed the car and engine in court. Good luck and let us know how your naivety works out for you.

Well number one, they don't make a clutch to only hold that amount of power, number two, it still doesn't prove that the intake caused the clutch to go out.

I know what you're saying, but it is a little tougher than what you say.



As for the CAI, just buy a Hydro Shield as well (it's a little thing made of some kind of material/fabric that goes over the filter). They are about $30 more and worth the money. I will be getting one of those as well. I have the Injen and love it. My mileage has definitely gone up when I don't get on it.

Valid point about the high end for CAI and low end for SRI, SRI also provided a little better throttle response than CAI. Those two kind of go hand in hand (power range and throttle response).
It is no more difficult then what Yank said I assure you. Ask the Corvette guys, the Camaro guys and the numerous Cobalt guys who have had their warranties denied over an aftermarket part.



Again, for all intensive purposes if you are concerned about your warranty, do not mod your car.
 

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If you believe that then you aren't that smart. What are you going to take them to court? lol Please. Go ask the dozens of SS/SC owners who blew their #4 ring land how their warranty work went, and how the dealer "proved" the part was defective. You go ahead and get a lawyer and fight GM, because it's not the dealer it's GM. Almost always in the case of a total engine failure representatives will be sent to inspect the car. One aftermarket part and their lawyers will find a way to get out of it. You know what, their lawyers are better then yours, not to mention they will parade in the engineers that designed the car and engine in court. Good luck and let us know how your naivety works out for you.



It is no more difficult then what Yank said I assure you. Ask the Corvette guys, the Camaro guys and the numerous Cobalt guys who have had their warranties denied over an aftermarket part.



Again, for all intensive purposes if you are concerned about your warranty, do not mod your car.
let me know when someone gets their warranty voided for installing a new intake. i didnt say im going to go fi, bust my motor and then pretend like sc/tc had nothing to do with it. we are talking about BOLT ONS IE a COLD AIR INTAKE. i would also like to know when someone's warranty was voided when they installed an aftermarket exhaust, header, and dp. thats right things are being exhaled out of the motor creating problems for the motor. oh how could i have missed that. also colder air and better filtered air is going into the motor to helpt it breathe causing yet another problem for the motor. riiight.
 

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let me know when someone gets their warranty voided for installing a new intake. i didnt say im going to go fi, bust my motor and then pretend like sc/tc had nothing to do with it. we are talking about BOLT ONS IE a COLD AIR INTAKE. i would also like to know when someone's warranty was voided when they installed an aftermarket exhaust, header, and dp. thats right things are being exhaled out of the motor creating problems for the motor. oh how could i have missed that. also colder air and better filtered air is going into the motor to helpt it breathe causing yet another problem for the motor. riiight.
you should look on other Cobalt sites then, it's happened.

On top of that, you asked the question and I answered. Don't get butt hurt when I don't tell you want you want to hear, that's not why I'm here. I'm here to tell you the truth and I did. If you want your warranty, don't mod. I'm not saying your dealer will get pissy about it, many don't care, but some do.
 

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wow, ok...what i think he is trying to say is that if a dealer sees that you have an aftermarket part installed no matter what...they'll find a loophole to make it seem like that problem came from that because it somehow overworked the engine or gave it too much power that it wasnt recommended for. basically it boils down to the companies are cheap asses and dont like it when make their creations a tad bit better? is that right, cuz seriously, we dont need any drama guys.
 

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you should look on other Cobalt sites then, it's happened.

On top of that, you asked the question and I answered. Don't get butt hurt when I don't tell you want you want to hear, that's not why I'm here. I'm here to tell you the truth and I did. If you want your warranty, don't mod. I'm not saying your dealer will get pissy about it, many don't care, but some do.
i have been on other cobalt sites and i have yet to read about someone's warranty being voided by those parts btw.

wow, ok...what i think he is trying to say is that if a dealer sees that you have an aftermarket part installed no matter what...they'll find a loophole to make it seem like that problem came from that because it somehow overworked the engine or gave it too much power that it wasnt recommended for. basically it boils down to the companies are cheap asses and dont like it when make their creations a tad bit better? is that right, cuz seriously, we dont need any drama guys.
thus being said yes it does depend on the dealer, but we are talking about intakes that give you maybe 6hp. i dont know how the dealer is going to prove that an additional 6hp ruined the entire motor. im not saying it cant happen but just by installing it will not void your warranty. if and when something does happen then thats a different story.
 

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well i think that its the fact that the lawyer wants to make it "SEEM" like it could have. even though its very illogical that a CAI could void it, the lawyers they have can manipulate the jury *whom might not know jack sh*t about cars* and just use their smarts to screw you over on that. im not saying that the CAI would, but lawyers are damn good at twisting stuff and make some things out of proportion
 

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well i think that its the fact that the lawyer wants to make it "SEEM" like it could have. even though its very illogical that a CAI could void it, the lawyers they have can manipulate the jury *whom might not know jack sh*t about cars* and just use their smarts to screw you over on that. im not saying that the CAI would, but lawyers are damn good at twisting stuff and make some things out of proportion
yeah lawyers are very caniving but you originally asked if installing one would void your warranty. the answer is no unless a problem does occur. then it is up to the dealer. a cai cant void your warranty if everything is running fine.
 
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