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Old 07-12-2013, 04:29 PM   #1
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Question Meistersatz Transmission Filter - A5S 360R/390R - OEM?

I've been searching for some clarity on this but came across mixed info. Three different vendors seem to have the exact same part.

OEM Bimmer Parts - $53

Pelican Parts - $30

BMA Auto Parts - $21

One lists it as OEM while another does not. If this is not an OEM manufacturer/filter, could someone please point me in the right direction?

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Old 07-18-2013, 10:15 AM   #2
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I believe I bought this as well including the gasket for my car (same tranny). I haven't installed it yet, so I'm curious to know as well
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Old 07-18-2013, 11:11 AM   #4
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I recently replaced the original and the filter and gasket were just like that, I'd say it's OEM.
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Old 07-18-2013, 11:38 AM   #5
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This is very helpful to me too. On Amazon there is an "ATP" I think (may be using the wrong letters). I looked on Pelican and it appeared the Meisersatz or whatever it is called was the only one with the "metal and rubber" gasket rather than just the rubber gasket. Didn't seem to be much more expensive so I guess I'll be going with that one.
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This is very helpful to me too. On Amazon there is an "ATP" I think (may be using the wrong letters). I looked on Pelican and it appeared the Meisersatz or whatever it is called was the only one with the "metal and rubber" gasket rather than just the rubber gasket. Didn't seem to be much more expensive so I guess I'll be going with that one.
There are some reviews online saying that rubber gasket was an issue to seal, so I will be going with a metal gasket as well.
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Another advantage of the metal gasket is it's easy to find the proper tightening torque.
Once the rubber is compressed, the bolts will pretty much stop.
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I doubt that brand is OEM. I bought their hood shocks for my E36 M3 before and they were trash. They worked but very noisy. Groaned
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says right on pelicans page


Meistersatz is an aftermarket supplier of BMW parts

hello? mcfly?
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Meistersatz is an aftermarket supplier of BMW parts

hello? mcfly?
And on OEM Bimmer Parts it says "Meistersatz OEM". Hence, conflicting info from two vendors.

Now make like a tree, and get outta' here.

I'd rather not play around with aftermarket filters, but if this is the case where Meistersatz is OEM minus the BMW logo, I'd give it a go.
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Did some more research. According to BavAuto, they are an aftermarket supplier. Looks like Pelican Parts has the right information and OEM Bimmer Parts is inaccurate in listing it as OEM. Thank you everyone for your thoughts/input!
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I see even Fram makes a trans filter for this car. A couple of these mfrs tout that their rubber gasket has "smaller holes than OEM" which makes it easier to get the gasket to stay aligned I guess? I guess if the holes are small enough you might be able to actually just stick several of the screws through the pan and through the gasket and the rubber would sort of hold them there while you're putting up the pan on the first few (corners).
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Did some more research. According to BavAuto, they are an aftermarket supplier. Looks like Pelican Parts has the right information and OEM Bimmer Parts is inaccurate in listing it as OEM. Thank you everyone for your thoughts/input!
So on Pelican, who is the OEM supplier? It appeared that this Meisersatz had the metal trim gasket just like OEM.
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So on Pelican, who is the OEM supplier? It appeared that this Meisersatz had the metal trim gasket just like OEM.
Pelican lists Elring Klinger as the OEM supplier, although I've read elsewhere that they are aftermarket as well.

Ironically, the reviews for this filter are negative while I have yet to find a negative review for the Meistersatz filter.
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Did some more research. According to BavAuto, they are an aftermarket supplier. Looks like Pelican Parts has the right information and OEM Bimmer Parts is inaccurate in listing it as OEM. Thank you everyone for your thoughts/input!
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Oddly, many of the major online vendors do not offer OEM as an option.

ECS tuning has it for $104 shipped.

Tischer is more expensive and doesn't offer a kit and Turner Motors has one in stock but no mention of whether it is OEM or aftermarket.

Tried some dealerships as well, and none could beat the ECS price.

So, looks like options are:

1. OE BMW for $104 shipped.
2. Meistersatz for $30 shipped.

I would stay away from the other brands since Meistersatz is the only non-OE/OEM with positive reviews that I could find.

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Which kit did you end up using?

Anybody try the VAICO kit?
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I went with OE BMW. Nothing I came across indicated that the Meistersatz filter was of low quality, but I just wanted peace of mind.
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I bought the VAICO kit because it was more expensive. I still haven't installed it but now I realized the design of the gasket is not like the OEM. Is it better/worse? I don't know.

You could probably use a filter and gasket kit from the Cadillac CTS as well. It has the same transmission. Cadillac actually recommends changing the fluid every 50k if driven in "severe" conditions:

"Change automatic transmission fluid and filter if the
vehicle is mainly driven under one or more of these
conditions:

-In heavy city traffic where the outside temperature
regularly reaches 90F (32C) or higher.
-In hilly or mountainous terrain.
-When doing frequent trailer towing.
-Uses such as high performance operation.

If you do not use your vehicle under any of these
conditions, the fluid and filter do not require changing."

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