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    Evening all,

    I had a bit of a clean up of the car this weekend, cleaned the engine bay, washed, waxed etc, and put some injector cleaner in there before tearing up the M4 to run it all through.

    However, looking at the posts in this forum, some people have mentioned Panel Filters and that they get dirty and that they need cleaning or replacing.

    Do BMW change these as part of a service (which its due for in the next few weeks) or is this something I should be doing?

    Also, where is the panel filter? I'm no mechanic but I'm guessing that this is something to do with the air filtration unit?
     
     

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    You legend - thanks. That's cool. Gonna go have a bloody good read of that.
     
     

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    I fitted the K & N Panel Filter a few months ago mate. No real performance to be had but seems not to get as clogged up as quick so the benefits gained from clean filter last longer. Also it may have cost 4 times more than a paper filter but I'll never have to buy another one.
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    I've been kinda bitten by a bug now though because I just saw some of the induction kits you can get - might not get much performance (the Pipercross Viper kit reckons 3 - 6bhp) but it looks well sexy in the engine bay

    And if I'm reading the engine specs right, then the NB420 in a 2004 E46 318i has 145bhp - so I might even get it up to 150! sounds better when its a rounder figure lol!
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sp1d3r View Post
    I've been kinda bitten by a bug now though because I just saw some of the induction kits you can get - might not get much performance (the Pipercross Viper kit reckons 3 - 6bhp) but it looks well sexy in the engine bay

    And if I'm reading the engine specs right, then the NB420 in a 2004 E46 318i has 145bhp - so I might even get it up to 150! sounds better when its a rounder figure lol!
    I'd firstly look at a remap where you'd expect to see maybe 8-10bhp increase. It would help with low end torque plus I believe they are unrecognisable meaning insurance benefits over an induction kit (if you know what i mean)

    Esure won't allow me to put on an induction kit at the moment. Won't even entertain a strut brace - roll on April when my renewels up!!!
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    Do insurance companies really class an induction kit as a non-insurable mod?

    It's only a fancy air filter - everywhere I read claims minimal, if any performance gain?

    And by the looks of it a remap is a bit cheaper
     
     

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    Some of the more mainstream companies don't understand why you'd want to improve your car. Always worth getting a quote first. I'm not doing anything now until April as Esure want too much for nothing.
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