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Old 04-20-2008, 09:23 AM
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Quick Question - Air filter

Does anyone know if you take your car to the dealer and tell them the air filter looks dirty, when will they replace it? I had an oil change done about a month ago and the SA said they didnt replace the filter because their tech said it wasnt that bad. I looked at it today and it's pretty dang dirty. What should I do? If I ask for a filter will they give me one?

Also, if a bulb burns out, do I just take my car to the dealer and they change the bulb? Does everyone really do this? Should I make an apointment for it? (Yes, the car is still under waranty/service).

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I looked at it today and it's pretty dang dirty. What should I do? If I ask for a filter will they give me one?
Just pay for one....




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Also, if a bulb burns out, do I just take my car to the dealer and they change the bulb?
You can.

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Does everyone really do this?
We don't. It isn't worth the time.
Well our Volvo V40 was going through headlight bulbs every couple of months. Those were expensive, so we had the dealer swap the bulbs. Eventually there was a service bulletin..
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Old 04-20-2008, 09:09 PM
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Does anyone know if you take your car to the dealer and tell them the air filter looks dirty, when will they replace it? I had an oil change done about a month ago and the SA said they didnt replace the filter because their tech said it wasnt that bad. I looked at it today and it's pretty dang dirty. What should I do? If I ask for a filter will they give me one?

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I had the exact same issue last month when I had an oil service done on my 07.

I had checked the air filter prior to bringing it in and it was quite dirty - I mentioned this during my work order write up, but when the X3 came back for pickup the service tech had indicated that it was not in need of change?

Cost cutting BMW I guess....................

I paid my parts guy and changed it myself - sort of cheap on BMWs' part.

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I've been told you can't judge the need for an air filter by the looks...

A dirty looking one could be fine - a clean looking could need replacement.

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Old 04-21-2008, 01:16 PM
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I've been told you can't judge the need for an air filter by the looks...

A dirty looking one could be fine - a clean looking could need replacement.

????

I have been working on cars for over 30 years - and I know what a dirty air filter looks like and when it needs replacing and I certainly trust my judgment on this issue rather than BMW...........................

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Old 04-21-2008, 01:34 PM
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I have been working on cars for over 30 years - and I know what a dirty air filter looks like and when it needs replacing and I certainly trust my judgment on this issue rather than BMW...........................

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Old 04-21-2008, 01:47 PM
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i say spend the $50 on a K&N drop in and start enjoying the car

the K&N would last at least 50k miles b4 a wash....(or usually i just buy a new one every 50k miles or so....just that i dun want to stand a chance of over oiling it and ruin my MAF)
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Old 04-21-2008, 03:55 PM
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Did the K&N make a big difference in your X3??? I've heard they dont make much difference...

Also, does it void waranty in anyway?

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i heard k&n performs no better than OEM paper filter, in fact there is a myth that it could damage your engine as it let more dirt and crap that goes in and thus affect its reliability.
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Air Filter replacement

I think the standard K&N filter can be a good investment on some vehicles for various reasons, but for the X3, the OEM filter is relatively substantial and seems to keep its integrity well. So in this case, somewhat like BMW's hard-to-believe extended oil change intervals (OCI), their reluctance to replace air filters under free maintenance could have some basis in fact. However, for peace of mind, the economics and technology considerations are much simpler - a Mahle or Mann replacement for about $15. The original (Mahle?) has a black foam base (for silencing) where the Mann has a white base making it easier to see it doing its job later. Easy enough to do yourself, as long as you are careful to make sure the new filter is properly seated and all the clips on the air box are correctly latched.
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Old 04-22-2008, 12:48 AM
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Relax............................................. .................................................. .................................................. .................

I'm not questioning your judgment.
I know your not.................

I just get a bit annoyed when I see BMW commercials almost everyday in the media promoting the 4 year service/maintenance agreement that suggets these cars are
completely maintenance free for us owners.

In BMW terminology, maintenance free means too long extended service intervals for
important service/maintenance items.

In one year I have done an oil change on my own and changed out the airfilter twice, once because BMW refused to do so.................

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Old 04-22-2008, 05:52 AM
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I just get a bit annoyed when I see BMW commercials almost everyday in the media promoting the 4 year service/maintenance agreement that suggets these cars are
completely maintenance free for us owners.

In BMW terminology, maintenance free means too long extended service intervals for
important service/maintenance items.

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BMW specifies the same maintenance intervals in countries where service is not included in the price of the car.

If you are a lease customer there really is no reason to pay for additional service. Synthetic oil can last 15,000 miles of normal driving although contaminates are an issue. Add a bypass filter you likely could catch all the particles and easily go a year or more between oil changes. But a bypass filter could (would?) void the warranty

If we were keeping our X3, I'd pay for lab analysis to determine if the car needed intermediate oil and filter changes.

It is your car and of course you are welcome to service it more often if you like. If you take your X3 off road a lot it may need it.
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