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Old 04-29-2013, 04:18 PM   #41
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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.
You calling me dumb?

Seriously though, I agree that you should try to remember to order fuel lines when you order your filter. I will be changing mine at some point in the next few months and will certainly do that. I just think its worth giving a second opinion so that anyone reading who may have generic lines isn't freaking out thinking they have made a mistake.
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Old 04-29-2013, 04:23 PM   #42
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You calling me dumb?

Seriously though, I agree that you should try to remember to order fuel lines when you order your filter. I will be changing mine at some point in the next few months and will certainly do that. I just think its worth giving a second opinion so that anyone reading who may have generic lines isn't freaking out thinking they have made a mistake.
That's the whole point. When I did the filter, I forgot to order hose and clamps.
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You calling me dumb?

Seriously though, I agree that you should try to remember to order fuel lines when you order your filter. I will be changing mine at some point in the next few months and will certainly do that. I just think its worth giving a second opinion so that anyone reading who may have generic lines isn't freaking out thinking they have made a mistake.
It should be in the back of their minds though that they may leak. I think the problem with aftermarket lines is they get brittle/hard and lose their ability to seal. When I removed my generic lines only after two years, they were already very hard/stiff and that's probably why they were leaking.
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I have had mine in the box in the garage for 6 months now... I'll need to get some hose and clamps and get it done this weekend!

Anyone know the size right of the top of your head?
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I have had mine in the box in the garage for 6 months now... I'll need to get some hose and clamps and get it done this weekend!

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Genuine BMW 8x13 i believe.
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I drive by several BMW dealerships... I might as well stop there. Just ask for a few feet of fuel hose? What about the vacuum hose?
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I drive by several BMW dealerships... I might as well stop there. Just ask for a few feet of fuel hose? What about the vacuum hose?
you just need one foot. vacuum hose just get a couple feet. might need it for other stuff in the engine bay or friends cars
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Anyone tried to blow through the filter before cutting? If it's really clogged up you can hardly do so.
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Anyone tried to blow through the filter before cutting? If it's really clogged up you can hardly do so.
sounds like a job for dmax
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smh You're so lucky I have a horrible sense of humor!

I actually rigged up a fuse to it, found some farmland, and it actually exploded...killed two Mourning Doves, a Starling, lacerated 3 squirrels and a chipmunk. Of course I took the rodents to a local rehabilitation hospital...fn conscience.

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It should be in the back of their minds though that they may leak. I think the problem with aftermarket lines is they get brittle/hard and lose their ability to seal. When I removed my generic lines only after two years, they were already very hard/stiff so I removed them and added them to my hard and stiff hose collection which I keep in a box under my bed. I know it seems weird to you guys, but, I feel like I learn from the relics from my car, and I've always had a thing for hard and stiff hoses. I think it's dmax's fault.
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smh You're so lucky I have a horrible sense of humor!

I actually rigged up a fuse to it, found some farmland, and it actually exploded...killed two Mourning Doves, a Starling, lacerated 3 squirrels and a chipmunk. Of course I took the rodents to a local rehabilitation hospital...fn conscience.

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When I removed my generic lines only after two years, they were already very hard/stiff and that's probably why they were leaking.
I wonder if your bad luck with plastic and rubber parts is associated with where you live. I'm guessing LA basin. Don't they have high ozone levels there on occasion? And it might be warmer than some areas. Both things that seem to hard on plastic/rubber. Just something I've been curious about.

For the rest of the readers. BMW recommends replacing the fuel filter every 60,000 miles. It seems prudent to replace hoses that attach to it at the same time. Might as well use BMW hoses (or continental, I think they are the likely maker). Likely any good hose is fine. But a good hose will cost about the same as the official BMW stuff. If your vacuum or fuel line costs less than you expect - there is probably a reason for that - either it is cheap crap, or it has been sitting on the shelf for many years - or both. My experience over the years is sometimes parts store hose is good - sometimes it is crap - the "discount" type stores are more likely to have the crap. It is interesting that BMW does not seem to have a replacement schedule for these hoses. I assume they intend that they be replaced whenever the part they connect to needs replacing.
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I wonder if your bad luck with plastic and rubber parts is associated with where you live. I'm guessing LA basin. Don't they have high ozone levels there on occasion? And it might be warmer than some areas. Both things that seem to hard on plastic/rubber. Just something I've been curious about.

For the rest of the readers. BMW recommends replacing the fuel filter every 60,000 miles. It seems prudent to replace hoses that attach to it at the same time. Might as well use BMW hoses (or continental, I think they are the likely maker). Likely any good hose is fine. But a good hose will cost about the same as the official BMW stuff. If your vacuum or fuel line costs less than you expect - there is probably a reason for that - either it is cheap crap, or it has been sitting on the shelf for many years - or both. My experience over the years is sometimes parts store hose is good - sometimes it is crap - the "discount" type stores are more likely to have the crap. It is interesting that BMW does not seem to have a replacement schedule for these hoses. I assume they intend that they be replaced whenever the part they connect to needs replacing.
During college I was a Parts Sales Manager at Autozone and Continental was our brand of all fuel and vacuum line that we sold. SO by what you're saying, OEM BMW quality, is Autozone quality and Vise Versa.

This could solve the whole debate.
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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.
Every car going down the road is leaking. Leaking all sorts of stuff. Fuel is one of them. Ever notice the center of the lanes on the highway are darker than near the lines???

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Thanks for the thread guys. The fuel filter is on my list (a growing list, I might add) of things to replace this year.
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Thanks for the thread guys. The fuel filter is on my list (a growing list, I might add) of things to replace this year.
My lost grows n grows. I've had the car for 3 years and have done about 20 to 30 things and none of them are modifications, all of them are maintenance and up keep and pick up where the last owners forgot to do the most basics.

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During college I was a Parts Sales Manager at Autozone and Continental was our brand of all fuel and vacuum line that we sold. SO by what you're saying, OEM BMW quality, is Autozone quality and Vise Versa.

This could solve the whole debate.
Maybe, if we knew Continental only made one quality of hoses. I don't know that. Do you? I suspect they make different product for different market. But I could be wrong. I've actually had good luck with autozone parts - it is my chain store of choice, after napa. But it could be a coin toss kind of thing. How long ago were you in college.

I'm actually more interested if Mango thinks his environment is harder on hoses that most people experience.
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My list grows n grows. I've had the car for 3 years and have done about 20 to 30 things and none of them are modifications, all of them are maintenance and up keep and pick up where the last owners forgot to do the most basics.
In the past year, I've spent about $4,300 on maintenance & tires on my four cars. I feel your pain. That's less than $400/month, and I don't have a car payment.

I feel pretty good about it.
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