I won't say the entire dealership is unethical, but I will say my first experience with their service department wasn't something I would call "stellar". I do enjoy your slightly condescending tone in trying to make it seem like this is about more than just a $50 part. Also, I disagree...a filter change is no more than 60 seconds if you're using power or air tools rather than hand tools while you're doing an oil change. It took me maybe 120 seconds because it was my first time identifying all the bolts to loosen and finding the appropriate 8mm socket.Ah, I remember your other thread now. So its not really just about the air filter is it? You feel on a whole this dealership is unethical to begin with. I have a custom FI setup now, but I recall the giant airbox being pretty cumbersome due to bulky apparatus and screws. Definitely takes more than 60 seconds. Attached is a video in where he removes old filter for replacement. Interestingly enough the old filter (in YouTube video) looks almost exactly like the one you showed in OP. The new filter clearly looks different, it looks cleaner! So are you saying that you never asked them to remove air filter to begin with and then they quoted you $50 you declined? Or is it that they simply inspected it and you are offended they even recommended you change filter to begin with?
Either way, I think we can stop this discussion between us because it seems I offended you since you're okay with these practices and I'm not.
In other news...I would be more interested in seeing your FI setup. I wouldn't want to do it to my particular Element, but always do enjoy learning more about mods others are doing. I have an older tuned 911 twin-turbo with some great go-fast parts and it's always nice to meet others who are tuning their cars for the same reasons.