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E39 (1997 - 2003)
The BMW 5-Series (E39 chassis) was introduced in the United States as a 1997 model year car and lasted until the 2004 when the E60 chassis was released. The United States saw several variations including the 525i, 528i, 530i and 540i. -- View the E39 Wiki

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Old 08-07-2005, 12:51 PM
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Best fuel filter for 98 540i?...Thanks

can someone please tell me the best fuel filter for a 98 540i, and how often they should be changed?...............thank you in advance.............living in vegas, on vacation, with extra money to spend, driving a BMW............Does it get any better!

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Old 08-07-2005, 01:10 PM
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Get it from the dealer. Why complicating a simple task???
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Old 08-07-2005, 01:46 PM
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why spend more at a dealer, when I can possible get a better one, for less money somewhere else, nothing complicated about trying to find the best possible product for the least amount of money...............thanks..........
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Old 08-07-2005, 01:52 PM
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Old 08-07-2005, 06:43 PM
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why spend more at a dealer, when I can possible get a better one, for less money somewhere else, nothing complicated about trying to find the best possible product for the least amount of money...............thanks..........
There are mail order sources such as Pacific BMW where prices are very competitive. Stick with the factory OEM or one of the other German brands is safest. Not sure which is OEM, but it is either Hengst, Mann or Mahle. Check your owners manual for change intervals. Like most things on current BMW's it is probably 60k or 90k, or something. On a car as old as yours, if you can find no record of it having been replaced just do it, to prevent being left stranded.
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Best fuel filter for all cars.. the brand "Bosch"
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Old 08-07-2005, 11:22 PM
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Nothing wrong with trying to get one for less money.

How much is it at a dealer? It might be good to know first, as a reference point to compare to, to see the possible savings.

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Old 08-08-2005, 10:12 AM
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Thanks all for your input. The car is a 98, but only has around 53,200 miles....It should be okay for now..........BTW.......just kidding about implying that I'm living the fast life here in vegas, I'm a married man with two kids, who has been to the vegas strip about three times a year since moving here from NY in 98...................Be safe!...................................
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Old 08-08-2005, 06:07 PM
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update on fuel filter for 98 540i.........Mahle, (oem), autopartsperformance.com: $23.17..

instockauto.com:$22.50.....alleurasianautoparts.co m: $20.25, Beck Arnley,

autozone.com: 33.99......cskauto.com: 25.99, Deutsch, autozone.com: 19.99

Purolator, cskauto.com: 41.99

ACdelco, cskauto.com: 23.99

Kayser, BMW dealership: 26.00

could not find price for Bosch
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Old 08-08-2005, 06:29 PM
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With these pricing and brand choices, which looks like the best choice as a price/performance/sleep-worryless-at-night to you?

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Old 08-08-2005, 08:46 PM
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Mahle is the oem, and the second in better price, so I would buy it from alleurasianautoparts.com
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Old 08-08-2005, 09:20 PM
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Mahle is the oem, and the second in better price, so I would buy it from alleurasianautoparts.com
Most on-line outfits will give you free shipping with a $50 or greater order. Add a couple oil filters and a pair of cabin filters while you are at it.
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Old 08-08-2005, 11:13 PM
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Old 08-09-2005, 08:27 PM
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Check the price for Mail Order at Circle BMW, or Pasific BMW, or Carvier(SP???), and you'd get the best prices of all your list.

Then do what 540M said. Add few oil filters, air filters, etc, and you got yourself a good deal.

Fastest to answer the phone is Circle BMW, but Pasific will give you a little more discount.

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Actually, I just checked something for you.

I think the list price at the dealer is $23, not $26.

Even if its $26. Expect to pay about $18.20 at circle bmw. Expect to pay $16.38 at Pacific bmw.

I paid $14.56 for mine (Pacific).

The local dealer will sell me at 15% discount, which is $19.55 with my BMWCCA membership card.

And you get a real OEM, not a 'replacement' OEM.

Hope this info will be useful to you in your future parts purchases.

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Old 08-10-2005, 11:19 AM
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thanks Matwiz....it's was very helpful...........I need to look into the BMWCCA membership...
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Old 08-10-2005, 03:49 PM
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update on fuel filter for 98 540i.........Mahle, (oem), autopartsperformance.com: $23.17..


Kayser, BMW dealership: 26.00

could not find price for Bosch
OEM is O riginal E quiptment M anufacturer. How can Mahle be OEM and Kayser be the brand a dealership sells? That really makes Kayser the OEM brand!
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Old 08-10-2005, 04:01 PM
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OEM is O riginal E quiptment M anufacturer. How can Mahle be OEM and Kayser be the brand a dealership sells? That really makes Kayser the OEM brand!
Good catch! BMW is strange....on my 540, Hengst is the oem oil filter, but Mahle, is the oem air filter! I have no idea which is the correct fuel filter (never checked) but sounds like Kayser.
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speaking of fuel filters, I haven't been able to find a DIY on it! I've read that it's a "no brainer" but the idea of messing around with something extremely flamible worries me...somewhat.

So are there any DIY or tips (besides not smoking while changing the fuel filter) before I burn down my garage?
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i bought the bosch filter from bmaparts.com for 19 dollars. I bought a lot of other stuff at the same time and got free shipping.

The fuel filter is easy to change out. You will have gas pouring out of the line until the line is empty so make sure you get a cup or something the size of a quart of oil to catch the fuel. Remove the plastic panel directly under the driver seat/pedals to see the big silver canister called teh fuel filter... All you need is a 10mm socket and a flat head screw driver (and a cup!)

I replaced my original one at 92k miles and it was so blocked i could not blow through it. I could easily blow through the new filter. It made the car run much better with better throttle response.
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Old 11-11-2006, 07:12 AM
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OEM is O riginal E quiptment M anufacturer. How can Mahle be OEM and Kayser be the brand a dealership sells? That really makes Kayser the OEM brand!
"OEM" refers to the manufacturer that made the part originally fitted on the automobile. The dealer may be selling one made by a manufacturer different than the one who made the original one. BMW, like any other wholesaler, may find a cheaper source for replacement parts (which hopefully is making parts up to BMW's "high standards"). Therefore, just because the dealer is selling it does not mean it is OEM.
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update on fuel filter for 98 540i.........Mahle, (oem), autopartsperformance.com: $23.17..

instockauto.com:$22.50.....alleurasianautoparts.co m: $20.25, Beck Arnley,

autozone.com: 33.99......cskauto.com: 25.99, Deutsch, autozone.com: 19.99

Purolator, cskauto.com: 41.99

ACdelco, cskauto.com: 23.99

Kayser, BMW dealership: 26.00

could not find price for Bosch
i wonder how much it is from WorldPac....
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