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Old 04-29-2013, 01:20 PM   #21
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Buy a foot. You can use any hose of the correct internal diameter and is called "Fuel Injector" hose. FI hose is rated for higher pressures than regular fuel hose.
I tried the generic parts store hose labled "fuel injector hose" with the correct id/od and it leaked two years later despite the clamps being super tight. this happened to someone else here as well.

is that what you installed on your car? what car did you have before the e46? just curious
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I tried the generic parts store hose labled "fuel injector hose" with the correct id/od and it leaked two years later despite the clamps being super tight. this happened to someone else here as well.

is that what you installed on your car? what car did you have before the e46? just curious
I'll let you know when my "generic" FI hose leaks. It's not going to. BTW, there is such thing as too tight for hose clamps.

There is nothing special about BMW hose. At all. There is no reason to go out of your way to buy "Genuine BMW" hose that BMW just ordered from some supplier and had their logo printed on it.
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Old 04-29-2013, 01:32 PM   #23
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I'll let you know when my "generic" FI hose leaks. It's not going to. BTW, there is such thing as too tight for hose clamps.

There is nothing special about BMW hose. At all. There is no reason to go out of your way to buy "Genuine BMW" hose that BMW just ordered from some supplier and had their logo printed on it.
I generally agree about parts like that but there's been a few people across various forums who have had auto parts store injector hose leak. I've owned 6 BMWs and did fuel filters on all of them using BMW line. never a leak. the time I used auto parts store, i get a leak.

BTW, it's not like the BMW stuff is expensive. it's stupid cheap at our vendor sites. I order it with other stuff and rmeuropean, bmaparts, etc. just tosses it in the box. it's only a few bucks. YOU are actually going out of your way to drive to the auto parts store not sure why you insist on auto parts store line
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I generally agree about parts like that but there's been a few people across various forums who have had auto parts store injector hose leak. I've owned 6 BMWs and did fuel filters on all of them using BMW line. never a leak. the time I used auto parts store, i get a leak.

BTW, it's not like the BMW stuff is expensive. it's stupid cheap at our vendor sites. I order it with other stuff and rmeuropean, bmaparts, etc. just tosses it in the box. it's only a few bucks. YOU are actually going out of your way to drive to the auto parts store not sure why you insist on auto parts store line
I mean out of your way as in maybe you bought the filter already and forgot to order hose. No need to order just hose from some site to get BMW hose, just go to the store.
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I had some doubts as to whether or not there was some sensibility sloshing about in that brain of yours, but when you start implying that BMW fuel line is superior to just about 99% of what you find in the Auto parts store I KNOW you've lost it brah
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I mean out of your way as in maybe you bought the filter already and forgot to order hose. No need to order just hose from some site to get BMW hose, just go to the store.
you conveniently ignore the fact that other users have reported leaks using auto parts store hose.

not a job you want to do twice for no reason.
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you conveniently ignore the fact that other users have reported leaks using auto parts store hose.

not a job you want to do twice for no reason.
I ignore BS. That's all. Get non-shitty hose from a store and you'll be fine.
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I ignore BS. That's all. Get non-shitty hose from a store and you'll be fine.
how would you determine what you are buying is "non-shitty"?
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how would you determine what you are buying is "non-shitty"?
Reputable brand.
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haha I've had my new fuel filter sitting on my desk in the garage for like 6 months.

PPI mech said mine was original. LOL! I have 165K miles.

It's almost like I'm scared of changing it because it'll mess up the delicate ecosystem of high mileage mechanical symbiosis going on in my Betsy.
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I'll let you know when my "generic" FI hose leaks. It's not going to. BTW, there is such thing as too tight for hose clamps.
I was going to post the same thing...


Anyways, Just turned 150k. Plan on doing this this coming weekend... Pump seems to be fine?

I do have a lean code that pops on every once and a while. Kind of annoying and Ive replaced all the intake tubes, DISA, etc. so that basically leaves me with fuel system. Hoping its the filter to solve it once and for all.
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Real OEM Calls this Vacuum Line Part # 11727545323, Mango do you know if the stuff from BMA is Fuel Rated? Just shows it as 3.3x1.8 and Real OEM Calls for 3.5x1.8?

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And what are reputable brands? BTW, you didn't mention what car you had before your E46?

I'll just leave this here:

http://forums.bimmerforums.com/forum...-OEM-Fuel-Line
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Real OEM Calls this Vacuum Line Part # 11727545323, Mango do you know if the stuff from BMA is Fuel Rated? Just shows it as 3.3x1.8 and Real OEM Calls for 3.5x1.8?

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The vacuum line doesn't touch fuel, so no worries there. It merely helps to operate the pressure regulator. There is a small piece of the tubing connected to the top of the filter that you'll probably tear when replacing the filter, so you might as well keep some vacuum tube around.

Mango, I owned a Jeep before this car. I have no idea what that has to do with anything. Reputable hose manufacturers? IDK, the only one I know off the top of my head is Gates. This argument is absolutely ridiculous. I'm done. By your logic, every car on the road is going down the road with leaking fuel lines.
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The vacuum line doesn't touch fuel, so no worries there. It merely helps to operate the pressure regulator. There is a small piece of the tubing connected to the top of the filter that you'll probably tear when replacing the filter, so you might as well keep some vacuum tube around.

Mango, I owned a Jeep before this car. I have no idea what that has to do with anything. Reputable hose manufacturers? IDK, the only one I know off the top of my head is Gates. This argument is absolutely ridiculous. I'm done. By your logic, every car on the road is going down the road with leaking fuel lines.
it is ridiculous. all things are not created equal and you should know that being on this forum. just because a store sells something doesn't mean it's up to spec. As I said, you are going out of your way to buy your auto parts store hose when our wonderful vendors here sell the Genuine BMW line for cheap. Why take a chance with fuel and something that's so difficult to access? I certainly learned the hard way when I installed auto parts store hose myself. I thought to myself "it should be the same industry-standard stuff" but obviously it wasn't. Lots of people have echoed my experience as well.
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Ripping apart a metal container full of gasoline; what could possibly go wrong!

I just swapped mine out at 78K miles and had the same thought about wanting to see what the inside looked like. But then my intense fear of being burned to death took over and I decided that some things are just best left unknown!
It's an Al container that won't spark easily and contains a tablespoon of gas if drained before opening.
I cut mine open at 77K and it looked just like a brand new one would look if you hacksawed it open. Clean as a whistle after driving cross country seven times and filling from every off brand station I could find with the cheapest gas in town. So it's a crapshoot as to whether or not you have a dirty filter.
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The vacuum line doesn't touch fuel, so no worries there. It merely helps to operate the pressure regulator. There is a small piece of the tubing connected to the top of the filter that you'll probably tear when replacing the filter, so you might as well keep some vacuum tube around.

Mango, I owned a Jeep before this car. I have no idea what that has to do with anything. Reputable hose manufacturers? IDK, the only one I know off the top of my head is Gates. This argument is absolutely ridiculous. I'm done. By your logic, every car on the road is going down the road with leaking fuel lines.
I am going to have to agree with WDE46 on this one. I have used Gates, HBD, and others for years on my old cars and I have never had any issues whatsoever. I normally change my fuel filters every other year and never have seen any brittleness or cracking on fuel lines up to 10 years old. I am not disputing that Mango had issues with the auto store lines he installed, I am just stating that from my experience they are fine to use. If you are ordering a filter online it makes sense to order the hoses with it for convenience but if you forget I wouldn't panic over using generic.

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I am going to have to agree with WDE46 on this one. I have used Gates, HBD, and others for years on my old cars and I have never had any issues whatsoever. I normally change my fuel filters every other year and never have seen any brittleness or cracking on fuel lines up to 10 years old. I am not disputing that Mango had issues with the auto store lines he installed, I am just stating that from my experience they are fine to use. If you are ordering a filter on line it makes sense to order the hoses with it for convenience but if you forget I wouldn't panic over using generic.
I wouldn't panic either, but my point is rather to be intelligent in your approach.

For a few pennies more (if that--hell, it's probably even cheaper) the smart, safe bet is to use Genuine BMW fuel line.
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