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Old 10-13-2009, 12:00 PM   #16
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Old 10-13-2009, 12:21 PM   #17
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Seriously. Fram are horrible. The metal canister type have plastic bypass valves that end up leaking within about 1000km's and end up having all the oil bypass the filter. Great, coulda saved 5 bucks and not bothered putting a filter on at all.

Phil's dead on. Using a good quality filter is as important as using a quality oil
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Old 10-13-2009, 01:32 PM   #18
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Do a little research online. Fram make some of the worst filters available. Thank heavens at least we don't need to worry about their cardboard anti drain back valves......

Royal Purple makes some good oil. Why splurge on that and go cheap on the filter?
I thought $20 on a filter was expensive lol. And I didnt splurge on the oil, it was $8/L. Oh well, live and learn I guess.. first oil change Ive done on it. Then again who knows, maybe it wasnt a fram filter but was in a fram box... my friend did it at his shop.

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Old 10-13-2009, 02:21 PM   #19
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If you paid $20 for a fram filter, then you shouldn't consider that guy your "friend". They're about $5 at Partsource. A Bosch is $11 or so for the E30.

Maybe you read the bill wrong lol?
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Old 10-13-2009, 02:25 PM   #20
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Even the OEM Mann or Mahle are about $9 for the drop in Cartridge type.
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Old 10-13-2009, 03:01 PM   #21
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If you paid $20 for a fram filter, then you shouldn't consider that guy your "friend". They're about $5 at Partsource. A Bosch is $11 or so for the E30.

Maybe you read the bill wrong lol?
That's actually what CAPS charged them for the filter. They were all surprised at the cost because yeah usually they're like $5 or whatever.
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Old 10-15-2009, 07:25 AM   #22
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Must admit, Autopartsonlinecanada.com is very fast. I spoke the to sales rep on the phone to confirm my orders just yesterday and today I received my tracking number with delivery date of today!

Can anyone recommend a place to borrow/get a 36mm socket? I misplaced mine or left it at my parent's place. I recall being pretty expensive ...
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Old 10-15-2009, 09:26 AM   #23
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Must admit, Autopartsonlinecanada.com is very fast. I spoke the to sales rep on the phone to confirm my orders just yesterday and today I received my tracking number with delivery date of today!

Can anyone recommend a place to borrow/get a 36mm socket? I misplaced mine or left it at my parent's place. I recall being pretty expensive ...
Princess auto has them. Not the best quality, but I've had decent luck with their stuff. They're on Ages drive.

http://www.princessauto.com/tools/ha...shallow-socket
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Old 10-15-2009, 11:31 AM   #24
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Hey, they've changed their site.. I like! They didn't use to have parts online, you had to download the PDF catalog.
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Old 10-15-2009, 03:34 PM   #25
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FYI, I just got an oil change done at Duss brothers on my new-to-me 2004 X3 3.0. They charged me $18 for a Mahle oil filter. I'll be buying mine online from now on!!
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Old 10-18-2009, 12:18 AM   #26
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Completed my first ever oil change with the MityVac. The process is definitely easier but takes longer. Thanks everyone for their help!
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Old 10-18-2009, 05:29 PM   #27
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What's a MityVac?
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Old 10-18-2009, 05:42 PM   #28
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What's a MityVac?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WTruqWG6xm4

http://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e39...01-review.html

Basically you stick something in the dip stick, you pump it to displace the air from the canister, it sucks oil out in the process to fill the canister with oil, then you just pour it out to jar and recycle the oil.
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