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    Default best brand cabin filter?

    I just replaced my cabin filter with a Bosch P3682. It looked cheaper/lighter weight than the Febi/Bilstein I took out. Made me think what is the best brand of cabin filter? Or does it make any difference? I try to replace it every 20,000 miles.

    FYI, This time I went 30,000 and had the usual leaves/junk and black appearance. I was also starting to get a whistle through the vents when the fan volume was on high.

    Any thoughts?
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    1995 525i Auto, M50TU 2.5L, EAT chip, 1/95 build, USA, 205/65/15 tires, ASC+T, HID, lumbar, EC Mirror, BMW Alpine 5 radio with BMW-Pioneer CD Changer, abt 236k miles, Oxford Green/Parchment

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    Don't worry... just change them every year. No need to wear out our fan motors by going 30,000 miles.

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    best approach even though it is such a pain to change. What brand filter do you you recommend?
    Thanks,

    1995 525i Auto, M50TU 2.5L, EAT chip, 1/95 build, USA, 205/65/15 tires, ASC+T, HID, lumbar, EC Mirror, BMW Alpine 5 radio with BMW-Pioneer CD Changer, abt 236k miles, Oxford Green/Parchment

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    BECK/ARNLEY Part # 0422007
    {Cabin Air Filter} $16.16

    FEBI Part # 64311390836
    Cabin Air Filter
    $16.45 $0.00 $16.45

    FOUR SEASONS Part # 27628
    $20.79 $0.00 $20.79

    BOSCH Part # P3682
    Particulate Filter ;1 filter in box.; Standard equipment.; Located in glove box. {Particulate Filter}
    $13.50

    MEYLE Fresh Air Filter
    MICROFILTER,A/C $18.68

    I bought the Beck/Arnley one just because it cost more at the time. Four Seasons filters do look heavier and seem to focus on anti-alergy filter construction. The Beck looked heavier than the bosch. And I haven't seen the Febi one, so I can't say.

    All in all- I don't think you can go wrong. rockauto.com has a nice selection if you are looking. You can get 5% off with code 402749374898, if you want. bmaparts.com has a few filters and they give a bmwcca discount. Not that it matters at this price, but it's something.

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    Default Bavarian E34 Activated AC Charcoal Filter...any users??

    Quote Originally Posted by Russell
    I just replaced my cabin filter with a Bosch P3682. It looked cheaper/lighter weight than the Febi/Bilstein I took out. Made me think what is the best brand of cabin filter? Or does it make any difference? I try to replace it every 20,000 miles.

    FYI, This time I went 30,000 and had the usual leaves/junk and black appearance. I was also starting to get a whistle through the vents when the fan volume was on high.

    Any thoughts?
    Bavarian Auto (
    http://www.bavauto.com/shop.asp) advertises the only activated charcoal AC filter I've seen for the E34, though I have not used it. Has anyone else??

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    Bosch or Meyle... both good.

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    I think I have a MANN filter in mine.

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    Build Date: 05-1995 /Engine: m50tu /Automatic Transmission /ABS /NO ASC /Open Differential /EAT Chip

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    Thanks Everyone!
    Thanks,

    1995 525i Auto, M50TU 2.5L, EAT chip, 1/95 build, USA, 205/65/15 tires, ASC+T, HID, lumbar, EC Mirror, BMW Alpine 5 radio with BMW-Pioneer CD Changer, abt 236k miles, Oxford Green/Parchment

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