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      01-13-2013, 03:35 PM   #1
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Air Filter Change on a 2011 5.0i

Guys,,,,need a little help,,,trying to replace my air filter (both sides) on a 5.0i,,,,got as far as taking off the engine cap,,and the breather tube,,,but something has it hung up on the back side,,really can't what it is....it will just slide towards hte front,,but either a clip or a bracket of somekind has it hung up,,,those who have changed their filters,,,any ideas...??

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      01-13-2013, 05:15 PM   #2
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You are in for quite a bit of work. Given the location of these filters it's clear BMW doesn't think these need to be changed very often.

I posted the following step by step guide when I had my X5 50i...

http://www.xbimmers.com/forums/showp...8&postcount=24
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      01-13-2013, 05:51 PM   #3
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You are in for quite a bit of work. Given the location of these filters it's clear BMW doesn't think these need to be changed very often.

I posted the following step by step guide when I had my X5 50i...

http://www.xbimmers.com/forums/showp...8&postcount=24
Maxx2,,,First of I really,,,REALLY want to thank you for your time and effort to help a guy out. I went as far as taking off the engine cover,,,but didn't go as far as removing the cover or the strut brace,,,WOW that is a lot of work just to replace the air filter. I kind of thought it would have been like my E63 where I had to remove the engine cover,,and then several screws to semove the air filter housing,,,this is much more complicated. I have all of the tools,,no problem there,,just finding the time to do it. This is not like you old air filter where you take off a few clips and off you go! This looks like a spring project. My dealer should have replaced this under the maintenance policy where the air filter is replaced after the second oil change...my dealer just said that it didn't need to be changed....(probably didn't want to do it!)

Once again,,,thanks for your time and effort.......
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      03-02-2016, 11:04 PM   #4
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I know this thread is three years old. But new bmw owner of a 2011 x5 50i. First bmw ever. So far have been pretty happy with my purchase (despite initially having buyers remorse stumbling upon on the n63 recall info the day after I made my purchase). Had it for about 5 months and she runs perfectly so far (knock on wood)

Anyways, was wondering if anyone could reprovide the pictures maxx put up on how to change out the air filters. The links no longer work. I can't seem to find any info at all on how to change them out on this engine. Closet thing I found was a you tube video of very poor quality where the guy had already removed everything and was just randomly pointing to parts and screws to remove. Any help would be appreciated. Even a scanned copy of 3 yr old printout of Maxx's post would be better than nothing. Thanks!
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Here we go (I save every write up I may need in the future by printing them to a PDF file):
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File Type: pdf engine airfilters X5 50i.pdf (5.64 MB, 79 views)
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      03-06-2016, 12:49 PM   #6
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Thanks so Much Pax! Much Appreciated!!!!
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You're welcome.

Let us know how it goes. It is a bear of a job!
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