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    Can anyone recommend which performance panel filter to go for (K&N?). I want to retain the factory airbox to keep noise to a minimum on this car - and not sure of changing the filter to a freer flowing item would cause any issues (maybe with MAF?)?

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    Quote Originally Posted by svvg View Post
    Can anyone recommend which performance panel filter to go for (K&N?). I want to retain the factory airbox to keep noise to a minimum on this car - and not sure of changing the filter to a freer flowing item would cause any issues (maybe with MAF?)?

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    This has been discussed many times before!!

    unfortunately a filter alone will not do a lot for your cars performance, indeed, in my experience it will just add a bit of noise possibly and no noticeable performance increase.

    it will certainly cause your MAF to get dirty after a few months driving, as K and Ns contain oil from new.

    In Performance BMW a few years back, all the filters were tested and the BMW OEM one came out on top for flowrate and filtering ability...!

    My advice is to change the factory paper filter every 12 months and go for a de cat or exhaust... much more power to be had there.
     
     

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    Have a peek here, might help you out

    2001 E46 330 air filter?

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    Thanks for the info - definitely not after noise (have a heavily modded Impreza....). M3 is intended to be my civilised drive!

    Looks like an OE filter may be the way forward.... Panel filters usually aid driveability a bit and give a bit more throttle response - so interested if anyone else has any experience of this - not expecting big power gain! Think paper filter twice a year (although will only do about 5,000 miles a year!!!) could be the way forward...
     
     

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    I heard theres not benefit whatsoever....
     
     

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    foam filters flow similar amounts of air to paper,but wont clog as quickly
    ie stock power for longer...not an issue if you change the oe filter that much,but...how much does a reusable foam filter cost against several throwaway paper ones?
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    Decided to stay with the OE paper panel filter - made a difference as soon as I out a new one in - as old one was black when I removed it!
     
     

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    Oh - and there were load sof leaves which had somehow made it passed the filter and were lodged in the grate by the MAF!!!!
     
     

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