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      04-28-2019, 04:05 PM   #1
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So I changed my cabin air filters... 2011 550i

Man, I don't think the dealership who sold me my car did anything to it upon receipt. I don't think these have ever been changed.
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Btw, I would recommend never taking your business to Jet Auto Sales in Loganville, GA.
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how hard was it
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Pretty easy. Total 7 torx screws. Have to take down the airbag. About an hour total.
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did you have to unplug airbag
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did you have to unplug airbag
Yes. I disconnected the neg. battery terminal first though.
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Thats what I taught
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It's just a single plug. I never fully unplugged it. Only needed to unplug one connector to just move it out of the way.
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They probably have been changed, genuine filters have a production date on them somewhere.

You just bought cheap ass non activated carbon replacements, that is why they are white....
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They probably have been changed, genuine filters have a production date on them somewhere.

You just bought cheap ass non activated carbon replacements, that is why they are white....
I don't recall what was on the side of the ones that I pulled out. Those filters are the ones that were in it when I bought the car.

I'm trying to get rid of it anyway. I just bought something from ECS. Too much of a headache, and not enough time to deal with said headache b
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Don't mess with the airbag plug, just work around it. I went in there and in the process of trying to get it out, broke some plastic piece which threw off a voltage reading which endlessly threw codes and brought up a warning on the display. Had to get the sensor repaired by my indie. Luckily he's an honest guy and only charged me 1.5 hr diagnosis & repair.
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You just bought cheap ass non activated carbon replacements, that is why they are white....
I noticed that, too. Regarding the leaves, BMWs seem prone to getting them in the A/C. My F30 had a bunch of crap in there when I changed them and I live in the desert.

As for the dealerships, I'm thinking they do less and less on used cars. Had a Jaguar dealer try to sell me a XJ with divots in the rims as a CPO. Errm, Grumpy Cat says NO! Some of the cars at the local Carmax look great, whilst others are filthy inside. I can only assume the clean ones came from careful owners.
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That gray color is how the BMW ones look when new, from the carbon, so they may have been changed properly.

Recently did mine too. This is a great video on it:
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Is this the same (video) procedure for a 2016 LCI 550i? Looks to be a bigger PITA than my G37s where I had to pull the entire glove box to get to it....
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That gray color is how the BMW ones look when new, from the carbon, so they may have been changed properly.

Recently did mine too. This is a great video on it:
That's the video I used for reference to change mine.
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I change mine once a year or so. Pretty easy to do and not worth paying the ridiculous amount of $$$ dealer charges.
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I change mine once a year or so. Pretty easy to do and not worth paying the ridiculous amount of $$$ dealer charges.
What does dealer charge? I obviously didn't get OEM filters, which are $40-50 a piece I think?
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What does dealer charge? I obviously didn't get OEM filters, which are $40-50 a piece I think?
I was quoted $250 recently from my BMW dealer, installed. I think the filters alone they wanted like $125 for. I got the genuine BMW ones from this BMW dealer on Amazon for $85: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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What does dealer charge? I obviously didn't get OEM filters, which are $40-50 a piece I think?
I was quoted $250 recently from my BMW dealer. I got the genuine BMW ones from this BMW dealer on Amazon for $85: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...UTF8&psc=1
Ridiculous. I did these and it took me a little less than an hour, and this was my first time. Someone who's done it often would be able to do it quicker.
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I got mine from this place on amazon for $50 a pack and it takes me about 20 mins to change them.....dealer wanted $280

OEM is made by Mahle so why not directly go to the source and cut Bmw out of the way.

MAHLE Original LAK 467/S Cabin Air Filter https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0068N0SHI..._KzLZCb415YJVY
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