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      06-04-2012, 03:08 PM   #67
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I haven't read through the whole thread but the process is almost identical on all E89 series (E87 1er and E90 3er) diesels - although I believe they moved it on the LCI 1ers to make it easier. Not sure about later 3s.
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      06-04-2012, 05:51 PM   #68
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I think all E90s LCI (after 2009) moved to an easy access panel filter, similar to the ones all other manufacturers have been using for years. BMW engineering is quite bizarre at times.
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      06-29-2012, 03:52 PM   #69
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Thank you for recording this.. Better than any 'Haynes'!

Just out of interest I am replacing mine on Sunday using this guide with a K&N direct replacement..

These are the instructions:

1. Remove the screws that fasten the air box lid to the airbox base.
2. Remove the airbox lid
3. Remove the dirty air filter
4. Wipe out any dirt from the housing
5. Install the new filter
6. Reverse procedure to complete.

YEAH RIGHT!!!!! Hahah
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      06-29-2012, 04:57 PM   #70
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Thank you for recording this.. Better than any 'Haynes'!

Just out of interest I am replacing mine on Sunday using this guide with a K&N direct replacement..

These are the instructions:

1. Remove the screws that fasten the air box lid to the airbox base.
2. Remove the airbox lid
3. Remove the dirty air filter
4. Wipe out any dirt from the housing
5. Install the new filter
6. Reverse procedure to complete.

YEAH RIGHT!!!!! Hahah
Fitted the K&N on Saturday night to my 330d. Pure bollox of a job.

That list just leaves out about everything covered in the OP, haha.
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      06-30-2012, 02:43 AM   #71
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"To whoever designed the 330d airbox/filter setup, I'd like to kick your ass."

Join the queue.

He must have been at work on 1st April.
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      07-08-2012, 07:03 AM   #72
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hi all,
just joined the forum, main reason was to say thank you to the OP for such a concise and accurate description of how to change the filter, and echo everyone's comments about what a right pain it is to change.

I did mine yesterday following the instructions to the letter... got to the bit where I needed to remove the struts and though "surely not, not to change a filter, I'll see if I can work round..."

60 seconds later, I took the struts off.

If anyone else is considering it, points I'd share are:

1. The air filter housing on mine has "semi captive" bolts in it, semi captive because they're housed in a little plastic sleeve that will pop out- be careful with the last two at the back.

2. Watch out for the the tabs on the underside of the windscreen plenum, when refitting, can get stuck and bend. Oops.

3. I purchased new bolts for the centre and the turrets, part numbers for my 56 plate 330d
B07.14.6.954.965 - centre bolt, 3.13 each (July 12). In the parts catalogue at the dealer this looks like a normal headed bolt, but the one supplied is an EPL/female torx one.
B07.14.6.963.730 - turret bolt 1.63 each (July 12)

In the grand scheme of things not too bad. I purchased new ones because the spec for these bolts is two stage tightening.

Centre bolt 100nm then 100 degrees (per Haynes book of lies)
Turrets 40nm then 60 degrees

And wasn't prepared to put in pre-stretched bolts. Make your own mind up on this though, I erred on the side of caution.

Al in cost me 30 to do (filter and bolts). Bargain. 7mpg difference already, that's with the bike rack on top. :-)

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      07-13-2012, 12:01 PM   #73
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If the weather holds off I'll be doing this tomorrow. Good points on the bolts!

Pictures and an update to follow.
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hi all,
just joined the forum, main reason was to say thank you to the OP for such a concise and accurate description of how to change the filter, and echo everyone's comments about what a right pain it is to change.
Cheers Matt, thanks for the endorsement Happy to help, such a fiddly-assed job.
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just to say thank you for a great write up, help was much appreciated
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Nice walk through and exactly as I changed mine on my 06 330d e91.
I changed my filter about 8 months ago and it was black like the one in the pic, at the same time I also changed both thermostats, oil and filter and whilst there checked the swirlflaps.
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Many many many MANY THANKS Dr Dave. That was really useful.
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remember doing this in my e46 320D what a pita especially as if you drop the back screw into the undertray doh, was so glad when the e90 arrived the lci engine had a normal box
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Just did mine today.



Quite a state, a lot of insects





Like a farmyard!



if it helps, if found it easier than an E46, it seemed like they'd made access to the rear most captive bolts much easier than I remember. Note that all the bolts on the final cover are captive.

I removed the microfilter & tray & strut braces before the engine covers. Only real faff was moving the rear cover to the side.

The only hard bit was finding E14/18 torx sockets - had to use ebay in the end, couldn't find a shop that had the E18.....
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Completely disgusting ... personally I change it every 20000 miles, when it starts to become black.

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Completely disgusting ... personally I change it every 20000 miles, when it starts to become black.
This was after around 50,000 miles after the last change, which technically was slightly too early (it was not due until the next oil change).

I think there is a case to do it every 2nd oil change, rather than 3rd, but every oil change is probably not strictly necessary, though I can see it's nice to do more often.
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