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Old 11-19-2006, 04:47 PM   #1
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Cabin Air Filters

So do you really have replace them every so often? What's the harm if I just leave the one I currently have in there? I've never changed it...

The reason I ask is because this one's on ebay cheap: http://cgi.ebay.ca/Cabin-air-filter-...QQcmdZViewItem
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Old 11-19-2006, 04:59 PM   #2
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They filter air. So new filter = cleaner air. Also, think about it. If the filter's clogged, you're gonna get that much less air.

swap it. Price of part isn't an issue, they can be a hassle to change.
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Old 11-19-2006, 05:08 PM   #3
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I replace them once to twice a year, if you never replaced yours, take it out and take a look, it would be grey or black, that is what you are breathing in, and as Propr'one already mentioned when it gets clogged up you also get less air flow through the air vents
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Old 11-19-2006, 05:41 PM   #4
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change it man! its not that hard and there is a good diy on it. and there is no need to take off the glovebox to do it. trust me the hardest part for me was getting the old filter out as there was so much dirt holding it in. make sure to have a vacuum nearby.
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Old 11-19-2006, 05:41 PM   #5
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I took about 2 cups of leaves and twig bits out of my heater ducts when I replaced the filter on my 318. I was wondering why there was no heat. Yes, the filter was black too.
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Old 11-19-2006, 07:00 PM   #6
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changing cabin air filters shouldn't be an issue
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Old 11-19-2006, 10:20 PM   #7
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do you guys have a diy link??? im interested in changing mine
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Old 11-20-2006, 01:17 AM   #8
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OMG...

I never changed the filters since the car was new (1995, so 11 years), so I went to the dealer, and they wanted ****ing $90 for them...so I told them to **** off, i'll figure out something.

The plan was to take the old filters out, clean them, and reinstall it. Easy.

Well, it took ****ing 2, yes 2 hours to get the damn firewall off- not because I couldn't find the screws or anything- because everything is jammed in there so tight, I pratically had to use all my weight to pull the firewall off...I finally got in there, and there were two completely filthy black filters- jammed with so much shit, it looked like a flat filter even though it was bellowed. Anyways, I tried cleaning the filters, but ended up destroying them- the things are unservicable- don't even bother trying.

I ended up cutting out the old filter element and retrofitting on material from a home HVAC filter. Took me another hour to fit everything back in.

I'm going to have to get the real ones eventually because I don't think the household filter will standup to an automotive application. Going to have to take everything apart again...what pisses me off is with so many people working at BMW when they were designing this car, that didn't someone say, hey- this filter, which needs changing regularly, SHOULDN'T be this hard to get to.
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$90?!?!? Holy shit, I just bought one and it was $45. And I'm sure i could have gotten cheaper if I hadn't gone to the dealer.
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Old 11-20-2006, 02:24 AM   #10
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they're like 14$ online
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what pisses me off is with so many people working at BMW when they were designing this car, that didn't someone say, hey- this filter, which needs changing regularly, SHOULDN'T be this hard to get to.
In my e39 there are two cabin filters, they're located in the engine bay just like the intake filter element. Lift up the clips, lift up the filter, drop a new one in, and snap the clips down. 20 second job.

I picked up my filter from Canadian Tire, it wasn't more than $40 I'm sure.
I don't know if they changed the design in the TI's, but in my car it was extremely easy to do, only took a few moments.
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Old 11-20-2006, 09:17 AM   #12
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Here you go. Mind you this is for an E36 328...I'll double check to see if it's the same for you 318/320/and 325 guys. Wrote this up a while back.

Hope it's helpful. I just checked...all e36's use the same filter.!

http://www.maxbimmer.com/forums/showthread.php?t=45466

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Old 11-20-2006, 02:02 PM   #13
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If you are going to have a started installed, apparently it's in the same area. I just had mine done last week, and the guy didn't charge me anything extra for putting in the new filter.
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If you are going to have a started installed, apparently it's in the same area. I just had mine done last week, and the guy didn't charge me anything extra for putting in the new filter.
It's great that you didn't get charged for the filter install, but the starter and the cabin filter aren't really anywhere near each other.
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Old 11-20-2006, 06:11 PM   #15
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Hope it's helpful. I just checked...all e36's use the same filter.!
The 318ti's don't use the same filter...they got two smaller ones which are accessed by taking out a panel in the firewall under the hood.

The other E36's are accessed through the passenger compartment.
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