yeah just clean it. i got my k&n recharger for like 10 bucks at pep boys...it took a few hours (like 2-3) because you have to let things air dry but the car feels like it respnds better when i did it. and i only had it for 6 months..
plus aren't those "cone" filters like 50 bucks?
btw-did you get those fogs in yet?