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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 04-07-2004, 10:25 PM
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Help, instruction on changing E39 air filter

Dealer told me you don't need to change it until 60K. That seems high.

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Old 04-08-2004, 05:00 PM
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I took it out this afternoon. The process took only a few seconds. Very good design
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Old 04-10-2004, 08:51 PM
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I agree, it is a very simple design, a few clips and you slide it out.

Better than some other makes I have seen (in terms of easy replacement). Cabin filters are a snap also!
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Old 04-10-2004, 09:15 PM
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E39spd,

How many miles are there on your air filter? Was it very dirty. I had 35K and the filter was not very dirty at least not appearantly. There were some leafs and a cigarrett butt in the bottom of the air box that I vaccummed out.

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How oftern should the air filter be changed?
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Old 07-17-2006, 09:41 AM
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As often as it needs to be. Just check it periodically. The lifetime will vary depending on the kind of driving you do, the environmental conditions, etc.
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When I was in Cypress cereal came with instructions on it.
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A dirty air filter leeds to high fuel consumption. Change it every 10K on dirt roads and ecery 25K for tar driving
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What I do is every so often use compressed air from the side to get the big stuff off. Sometimes I blow from the back side with light air just to losen it up and blow it out without damaging the paper element. Not real hard!

I still change it frequently (30K) though.
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Intake muffler

And while you're in there, clean the entire inside of the intake muffler, you'll be surprised how much stuff gets trapped in there.
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How oftern should the air filter be changed?
30k miles is probably a reasonable interval. I just do it every 15k, when I change the A/C cabin filters. The 540 air filter is only $10 or $11 online for a german brand like Mahle, Hengst or Mann. If purchased with cabin filters and an oil filter you can easily meet the $50 min. for free shipping.
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