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    Hi can anyone please tell me what they think of the following induction air filters, there are two i have been looking at for my E46 328i, i have around £200 to spend.

    • BMC CDA
    • Pipercross Viper

    i really need your advise as i cant make my mind up...
     
     

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    I have the BMC CDA on mine and I rate it very well!

    The ongoing debate on if induction kits actually gain you any bhp could easily be re-ignited here but tbh...

    Worth the money for the noise alone
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    See here,Mate as induction kits go Dave-F is about the best for the money you can get
    http://www.bimmerforums.co.uk/forum/...-group-t54748/

    It also may be the last time you can get a brand new one of these kits as Dave retired from making them a few years ago...
     
     

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    What about Afe? Certain member on here, who will remain nameless, is running one using a biscuit tin as a shield
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by NealP View Post
    What about Afe? Certain member on here, who will remain nameless, is running one using a biscuit tin as a shield
    Afe are a lot more expensive IIRC...way above the £200 the OP is looking at spending or am I wrong?
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by StK View Post
    Afe are a lot more expensive IIRC...way above the £200 the OP is looking at spending or am I wrong?
    Double the price but one of the better ones out there.
     
     

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    I heard that there's not much gain to be had on an E46 because its already got a very good airbox but its more for the induction sound? If this is so then is there much point spending £400+ for a 2-5hp gain?
     
     

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    ....why.....what would look good on the overweight cars then.......
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by afcneal View Post
    AFE look good and sound good, but with well over 300 bhp to start with, I've no idea whether I've got an additional 5, 10 or zero BHP. About £300 with a crafty U.S. import (I'm told), but beautifully engineered if you like biscuits!

    The Dave F ones look really good WFM for the small cars..........
    The AFE is very nice looking kit, but I have to admit, I'm not quite sure I would want to pay 100-200 quid extra just to get a kit that have a nice shiny airbox cover, just so it looks better when the hood is up!

    The Dave F has a equal sound and better performance gains (my opinion based on my research), but perhaps doesn't look as impressive... I think the first two are the only reasons one would buy an intake kit, no?

    Edit - just saw you have 645, so perhaps what I said above doesn't apply to you. What options do you have for that lovely v8? I imagine less and more expensive options! FWIW, AFE do seem to be the best of the commercially available kits. If I were to go for a commercial kit, I think I would be tempted to go for the AFE. I think its the only one where you can be assured you won't be LOSING performance.
     
     

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