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E36 (1991 - 1999)
The E36 chassis 3-Series BMW was a huge hit among driving enthusiasts from the first moment the car hit the pavement. The E36 won numerous awards over the years it was produced and is still a favorite of many BMW enthusiasts to this day! -- View the E36 Wiki

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Old 07-16-2013, 11:51 AM
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quick simple question:cabin air filter location?

can anyone confirm where the cabin air filter is in a 94 325IS ?

some people have told me it s behind the glove box others said it located in front of the windshield close to the firewall...I don t wanna start removing anything until i make sure i am going in the right direction..
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Old 07-16-2013, 12:09 PM
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Both answers are correct. You have to remove the glovebox to access the filter, which is located in the center behind the heater controls. This tutorial will walk you through it:

http://www.dvatp.com/bmw/microfilter/

Also, be sure to get a vacuum cleaner with a long skinny attachment to suck out all the debris which has undoubtedly accumulated in the filter housing. You will be astounded at how much stuff comes out of there.
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Old 07-16-2013, 12:16 PM
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wow much appreciated! thanks for the post!
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Old 09-28-2013, 07:24 AM
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Thanks for Doug's link -- I had forgotten about that. Bavauto makes is sound so easy. Irritating they have videos for other models that are so simple, yet for this one only test.

I may find out the truth today.

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We don’t have any real written instructions for the microfilter install for your 325i. I can certainly give you a few pointers though. The microfilter slides into the heater box from the passenger side footwell area. If you look at the bottom panel of the dashboard, on the passenger side, you will see a small rectangular panel. Remove the screws holding this panel on, and look up into the opening. You should be able to see the side of the heater box. There is a small “door” that’s held in place by a few screws. Remove these, and the microfilter will slide out. You will need to bend it to get it out, and bend the new one going in (it’s OK to actually crack the plastic frame).

The Bentley repair manual covers the officially “correct” way to replace the microfilter, which involves complete removal of the glovebox housing and a couple other parts. The above “quick” procedure is easier. However, if you wish to perform the replacement “by the book”, the Bentley manual will guide you through the steps.
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can anyone confirm where the cabin air filter is in a 94 325IS ?

some people have told me it s behind the glove box others said it located in front of the windshield close to the firewall...I don t wanna start removing anything until i make sure i am going in the right direction..
thanks
It's behind the lower center portion of the dash board (behind the OBC and AC control area). Removing the glove box is an aid to replacing the cabin filter in an E36. The E46 cabin air filter is in the engine compartment in front of the windshield at the top of the fire wall. E36 filter change will take about an hour the first time you do it. The E46 takes about 2 minutes tops.....
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it's 6 screws and one bolt to remove the glove box and make the task 10x easier. If you aren't skilled enough to pull that off... well you should be if you are working on your own car. Remove the glove box and that panel below it which will pretty much fall out once the glove box is out. Then on the left side of the passenger foot well you can see the heater core, which at the front is the compartment with the cabin filter. A 20min job.
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I removed the glovebox when I did mine. I know you don't have to, but I wanted to make things easier on myself if possible. I think it took me about an hour from start to finish, but that is mostly because I was being very careful to keep all of the screws properly sorted, etc. It'll probably take me half that amount of time the next time it needs to be changed.
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Re: quick simple question:cabin air filter location?

It s funny how u guys reoponed this case from 2 months ago but an hour to change the cabin air filter in an E36 shows how it wasn't a good idea to place the damn filter in that location...I guess that s why they placed it in the engine compartment in the e46 afterwards...



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Yes, it's a totally absurd location to put something like a cabin air filter.
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Yes, totally absurd. And not enough factual information out there to help E36 owners.

Way too much trouble. Here's my writeup and pics to help the next guy doing this DIY: http://chrisparente.com/2013/09/28/r...er-bmw-e36-m3/
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