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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 07-03-2012, 07:14 PM
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Quick question to be answered please

Hey there, well im servicing my bimmer on my own for the first time and i plan on getting K&N Air & Oil Filters, and Royal Purple Synthetic Oil, BUT i dont know how many quarts to get for my '97 528i. Please help and thank you.
Also what are ur guys expirience's with the products i plan on using?

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Old 07-03-2012, 07:27 PM
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I would not recommend the K&N air filter. It offers no performance benefit and may allow contaminents into the intake. The oiled air filter is somewhat cheesey. You will find many proponents of K&N air filters and many detractors. Do a search for more additional info. Most on this forum stick with Mann or Mahle oil filters. Again, for no performance gain, why bother to switch? RP is a highly recommended oil. The e39 M54 3.0 engine requires 6.5 qts of oil. The M52 should be similar. Do a search for more detailed model specific information.
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Old 07-03-2012, 07:29 PM
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Agree. Buy German filters.
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Old 07-03-2012, 08:36 PM
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If you have your owners manual...you can check there...but I think that the 528i/iT oil capacity is the same as the 525i/iT & 530i:

(from the owners manual)

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Old 07-04-2012, 03:47 AM
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I would not recommend the K&N air filter. It offers no performance benefit and may allow contaminents into the intake. The oiled air filter is somewhat cheesey. You will find many proponents of K&N air filters and many detractors. Do a search for more additional info. Most on this forum stick with Mann or Mahle oil filters. Again, for no performance gain, why bother to switch? RP is a highly recommended oil. The e39 M54 3.0 engine requires 6.5 qts of oil. The M52 should be similar. Do a search for more detailed model specific information.
Damn so even though it says its going to be the only air filter im going to need, its still not a good buy? Is it the same for the Oil Filter in ur opinion? And where can i get my hands on a Mann or Mahle Air Filter?

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Old 07-04-2012, 06:07 AM
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I have a '98 528. I pour in 7 qts of liquid gold (mobile 1), with a filter change. As for the K&N- Return it. The oiling is a pain, and if you get too much it has been know to foul up the MAF sensor. Too little and the dirt doesnt stick to it. You wont notice and performance difference either. A good source of BMW parts is http://www.pelicanparts.com/bmw/cata...eries_Main.htm and http://www.ecstuning.com/. There are lots of others, but I've been using these for years and always have great service.
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Old 07-04-2012, 06:15 AM
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The K&N or any other gauze and oil soaked filter is more for offroad use than street use.
And as what's said, too much oil used on the filter and oil residue falls out of suspension and travels down the intake track to coat your MAF & throttle body, two very important parts that needs to be absolutely clean to function properly.
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As a long time gearhead I will NOT use an oiled air filter. I would prefer any random paper filter, from any available parts store, over the oiled type. I use Royal Purple, great oil.

I buy a lot of my stuff from Summit Racing, here's a link to your make/model airfilter.
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Old 07-04-2012, 07:03 AM
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Damn so even though it says its going to be the only air filter im going to need, its still not a good buy? Is it the same for the Oil Filter in ur opinion? And where can i get my hands on a Mann or Mahle Air Filter?

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While "lifetime" parts save you some money, there is a trade off. Only you can answer whether that trade off is worth the added risks. Most Festers tend to take the conservative approach and spend the money for the "right" parts.

While the K&N oil filter (or any other brand) might work fine, you will find that most 'Festers tend to use German parts or OEM equivalents. They are available at the various vendors that sponsor B'fest.
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