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The E46 XI was produced from 01-05 in sedan and touring body styles. Powered by either a 2.5L inline 6 in the 325xi or a 3.0L inline 6 330xi. Discuss all thing about BMW AWD E46 'Xi' here.

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Old 11-10-2010, 07:57 AM   #1
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Oil Filter? Which one??

So I have always gone to the same local parts store to get my Oil Filter at each change and this past week they sold me a filter that is different from the ones I've been using for the past 4 changes. The ones I have been using are made in Poland and have the number 51223 on them. Never any problems. The filter I just got is the Mann but when I tried to put it in, it was a much tighter fit and it sits in the housing standing about 1/4" higher than the other filter I have been using!! I went back to a different store and got the filter that I am used to. When I tried to tighten down the cover on the filter with the Mann it seemed that it would be necessary to use a wrench to tighten and that is not what I have done in the past.

Any input would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 11-10-2010, 09:34 AM   #2
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Not sure...I'd just get one from the dealership and call it good.
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Old 11-10-2010, 08:48 PM   #3
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Not sure...I'd just get one from the dealership and call it good.
+1. They cost about the same as aftermarket.
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Old 11-11-2010, 09:54 AM   #4
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Aren't OEM Mann filters anyways????

Just order a few from a reputable company offline.

I ordered mine from Turner. I think it's a mann.

Mann is probably a better filter than the one they've been selling you previously.
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Old 11-11-2010, 10:16 AM   #5
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I ordered from ECS Tunning, happy with it
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