Don't know about leaving a cabin filter in for 3 years, but .....
there was an early Frasier episode where Niles (a Mercedes owner) berated Frasier (BMW 7 series) for not having changed his cabin filter in 6 months.
The episode was called, "When bad things happen to good BMW owners".
Frasier comes in, even wetter than before. He angrily shakes out the
skeletal ruin of his umbrella, then drops it in the wastebasket.
Martin: Wow. Frasier, what happened?
Frasier: What happened? I went six months without replacing my pollen
filter in my car, so it was in the shop. Couldn't get a cab,
so I took the bus home. Which splashed me! And I fell down,
missed my stop, and had to walk home ten blocks in this
Niles: You went six months without changing your pollen filter?