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Old 05-17-2004, 11:46 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I was searching on Ebay for a K&N Air Filter kit and found this one : http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAP...2479232898&rd=1
It says it's for use on the 318i 1.8L engine only.... I'm not sure if mine's a 1.9 L or if that's just a rumor. Even if mine's a 1.9 L, would it still be alright to use this air filter? Comments and suggestions on this? Thanks
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Old 05-18-2004, 12:13 AM   #2 (permalink)
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It's probably a typo. Your engine is a 1.9L. You should still be able to use the air filter.
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Old 05-18-2004, 01:05 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Im looking in the back of my bav auto catalog now...

You need K&N number 33 2733.
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Old 05-18-2004, 07:10 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Thanks, I think I'm going to order that intake.
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Old 05-18-2004, 07:21 PM   #5 (permalink)
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DO NOT BUY THAT INTAKE!!!!!!

I just looked at the auction. The >95 use a different airbox than the 96<.
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The e30 318 and 325 us e a square adapter to the MAF. The e36 325 moved to a round type, but the 1.8 kept the square. The OBDII 1.8 (really 1.9) uses the same round design as the 325.

I should've looked at the thing sooner. I figured it was just for a drop in filter.
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Old 05-18-2004, 08:13 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Oh wow, good thing I didn't buy that one.... heh, thanks. what about the K&N Air filter part # 33 2733? It's square in the picture... I'm just confused about the square formatted filters and the cone ones. Could someone explain what I have/ need and to tell me if that filter with part # 33 2733 is right for me? I have a '96 318i. (I wonder why the '96 328's have the good looking bumpers/sideskirts while the '96 318 doesn't...hmm). Someone just point me to the right product for durability. I'll get a heat shield for it if it doesn't already come with one, unless it's not that big of a deal to get a shield.

Thanks for the help...
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Old 05-18-2004, 08:15 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Um, forgot to say that the part # is at www.bavauto.com... but I'm sure you guys arleady knew that B)
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The cone ones are ussually a cold air or short ram intake. They take away the whole airbox and sit in it's place. The "drop in filter" just replaces the stock filter in the airbox.

The gains are basically the same to a cold air and a debaffled airbox, but you don't get the cool sound of the cold air intake with the airbox. Your call.

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Thanks Kevin, you cleared up all of my questions about the intakes and all.
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No problem, good luck. Pres has a write up on debaffling for the 318

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It's no type. The 1.8 L engine was pre 96, the switched to 1.9 thereafter.
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That's what I'm saying. It's a '96 318, so it's a 1.9L. They switched to a 1.9 for the '96 model year, didn't they?
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Yessir.
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Alright, just making sure.
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