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Old 11-05-2012, 04:28 AM   #1
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Anyone tried this oil filter?

Hey guys, don't mean to create another one of those repetitive boring threads, but after several searching i just decided to start a new thread

my 325i is due for an oil change for the first time of my ownership and just wondering which oil filter to use?
Is OEM the best option? any alternative brands? and where to order?
i ONLY use OEM Honda oil filter for my s2000, and wondering if i should do the same to the e46?

i have found this on ebay... attractive price, and what they claim seems promising
http://www.ebay.ca/itm/BMW-Oil-Filte...9ce9e9&vxp=mtr

"TWO (2) Surefilter brand oil filters for the BMW models below. (SFO5247E) You will notice that they have more pleats than Mahle or Mann. These filters are manufactured in accordance with Quality Management System ISO/TS 16949:2002, meet or exceed O.E.M. requirements and are just as good as Donaldson"

has anyone tried these filters before? thanks guys
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Old 11-05-2012, 05:17 AM   #2
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You should use OE or OEM oil parts especially on your E46. There's been no evidence that anything other than OE or OEM for oil stuff is any better. It always ends up being worse.
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Old 11-05-2012, 09:58 AM   #3
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why would you use none-OEM filter. OEM filter is already cheap as dirt.
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Old 11-05-2012, 10:35 AM   #4
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Mehle filters are only $6.50 on Pelican and they will mail to Canada. Order a few when you need to do a parts order.
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Old 11-05-2012, 10:42 AM   #5
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Old 11-05-2012, 10:47 AM   #6
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Mehle filters are only $6.50 on Pelican and they will mail to Canada. Order a few when you need to do a parts order.
Mahle.

OEM is Mann.

OE is Genuine BMW.

Either of the three. Cheaper than generic autoparts store filters and better.
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Old 11-05-2012, 10:58 AM   #7
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Old 11-05-2012, 11:29 AM   #8
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Here is (2) Mann filters OEM, for a few bucks more. Don't cheap out on the VITAL system parts: CLICK
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Old 11-05-2012, 07:11 PM   #9
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^thanks for the link and responses, i am starting to get the hang of the popular brands now
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Old 11-05-2012, 08:35 PM   #10
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"You will notice that they have more pleats than Mahle or Mann"


This is better than OEM!! buy it!
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You can buy Mahle and Mann filters at NAPA in Canada for $12. no shipping.


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more pleats than Mahle or Mann.
Unless you are using the same material (and thickness of material) for the pleats, the number of pleats doesn't mean a whole lot.

Having too many could affect flow. Exaggerating to make a point: say there were 5x as many pleats, they would be packed so tightly that the bypass valve would be engaged full time.
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