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Old 06-27-2011, 01:00 PM
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Originally Posted by X3emist View Post
I just cleaned mine out. It looked much like yours from the picture, BUT, when I tapped it firmly on the ground several times it was unbelievable the amount of fine crap that came out of it. If you still have the old one bang it on the ground and see how much stuff you knock out of it. I think this will prompt most anyone to quickly come to the conclusion that the air filters need cleaned or replaced much more frequently than 95 % are currently are.
And once again illustrating how preposterous BMW's suggested change interval (60,000 miles) for the engine air filter is...

X3 w/6-speed & Sport Package:
A sports sedan disguised as an SUV...
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Old 06-27-2011, 03:37 PM
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Originally Posted by Evlengr View Post
Already told the wife that before daughter can turn the key (or press the start button) to a car she must...
  • Know how to change a tire
  • Know how to change oil and air filter
  • jump start a car properly
  • Have a well maintained emergency kit and how to use.
  • And finally push the car 5-10 feet on a level surface while in neutral. She needs to understand how heavy and potentially dangerous this much weight can do.
  • one more thing, change and gap plugs

She may not need to do any of these things, but having an understanding what is involved will also keep her from taken advantage from a repair shop when she is on her own.

Wife agreed of course since her Dad made her do the same things and more.
...before son can turn the key (or press the start button) to a car he must...
  • Know how to change a tire, including using a wheel chock
  • Know how to change oil and air filter
  • jump start a car properly
  • Have a well maintained emergency kit and how to use.
  • Know how to change differential fluids
  • Know how to change the crank position sensor
  • Be able to recite the 30 components of the Dow Jones 30 Industrials
  • Know of the symptoms and management of pancreatic abscess
  • Know all of the nine elements of fraud according to New York state law
  • Know how to disassemble, clean and reassemble a Glock
  • Know how to install a metal roof
  • Be able to discuss McDonnell Douglas v. Green
  • Be able to converse in Bahasa Indonesia and Portuguese
  • one more thing, be able to change the HPFP in a 3 series

silly me

Oh, I change the filter every 25-30,000 miles, which is probably unnecessary.

Last edited by S93D; 06-27-2011 at 03:38 PM.
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Old 11-20-2012, 09:33 PM
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Yeah that looks a bit dirty and as one reply mentioned above if you place it bottom down on something and tap the top with your hand a ton of dirt and dust would probably come out. In fact, about twice a year i take out my filter and tap out the dirt and clean out the bottom of the air box just to get some of the large filth out of there. I'm pretty surprised by how much comes out each time after only 6 months (about 6,000 miles). So i totally agree that waiting 30,000 miles before changing is probably too long. I'll be changing mine every 15,000 or about every 18 months.

Here is DIY guide i put together for the extreme newbie to be able to change their air filters ... with a couple of links to some nice OEM German filters on Amazon and pics of my airfilter after 8 months:

X3 DIY Engine Air Filter Change Guide

Hope this helps save some people $$$, with the filters that cheap there's no reason not to change them more often.
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