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3-Series (E21, E30) Chat relating to the BMW 3-Series from 1975-1983 and 1984-1991 line. Specific models: BMW 315, BMW 316, BMW 318, BMW 318i, BMW 320/4, BMW 320i, BMW 320/6, BMW 323i, BMW 320i. E30 Family models include: BMW 325e, BMW 325i, BMW 325is, BMW 325ix.

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Old 06-29-2009, 02:41 PM   #1 (permalink)
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any place i go they only have oil filters for 325s is the filter for a 91' 318 the same as the 325? If not what oil filter should i use?
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Old 06-29-2009, 03:51 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I'd look it up on an auto parts website. If it's different, you can pick one up and take that to a shop.
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Honeywell Consumer Products Group - Part Details

Large cross-reference list as you go down the page.

The M42 oil filter (late 318) is not the same as the M20.

Pelicanparts.com sells the OEM filter kit by Mahle for $5.75 + shipping, part number 11-42-1-727-300.

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well, what I do is buy the Fram PH2870 for my 1988 325i...and have been for 100,000K miles along with Castrol 10/40 (winter) or 20/50 (summer) and the damn car runs great...I don't even check the oil between changes, I really don't...the damn thing doesn't leak a drop and the filter is fine.....screw the Mann and Purelator (whatever) filters...Fram works just fine...PH2870 is emblazoned in my mind...and Castrol is the goods....that's my way.... I now have 180,000K miles on the old 325iC engine and she runs like a top...it is almost scary...I keep waiting for something to go wrong...but she won't break...rats.......
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