There isn't a lot of traffic for the E84 X1 on this forum. So you might have to wait a few more hours to get a response.
My wife's '13 E84 is a 3.5 MSport so the filter cartridge might be different than the one on your X1. However, it is NOT wrapped with any additional covering. It's possible someone previously replaced the filter with an aftermarket piece OR thought that wrapping some cotton fabric around it would prevent debris from clogging the filter. Even if you're driving through a dessert the standard filter should be fine. Of course, for extreme duty use, change it more frequently.
Yeah, all the replacements i see have this cotton crap on it.
Took it off and damn, feels like it is a lot more zippier. I come to the conclusion that the cotton wrap on the pod hinders airflow, maybe to get better gas milage, either way it is out of there.
Stupid design. Mine is the Msport 2l varient (non turbo).
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