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Just doing a service on our 2.7 before a little road trip in a few weeks and looking at air filters it seems a OE spec paper element Mahle filter is around 50 quid, thats after market territory so do I stick with OE or go after market....opinions please?

Rog.

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£50 is way over the top. Autodoc is around £20 for various brands and Euros has a 50% discount on. 

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On 6/1/2021 at 3:43 PM, Roger C said:

Just doing a service on our 2.7 before a little road trip in a few weeks and looking at air filters it seems a OE spec paper element Mahle filter is around 50 quid, thats after market territory so do I stick with OE or go after market....opinions please?

Rog.

Mahle is £25.99 on CP4L; cheaper than Eurocarparts.

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Thanks for the tips fella's, unfortunately I had cash burning a hole so got a K&N for £64, pricey I know but it says it lasts for 50k so 'should' work out cheaper in the long run...lol

Rog.

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You just need to wash it dry it and reoil it. Can be done in a sunny summer afternoon all in.

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an observation. 
 

The standard service interval for an air filter is 6yrs/60k. And that is fit and forget.  
 

I get there may be benefits for induction sound and if you want to clean and / or change it more regularly  but not seeing it as a long term win against the 50 quid or so for a good spec one. 
 

of course - we all decide how we spend our money and what we do with our cars and no wrong answers just for me I don’t see the “value” proposition in reusable filters.  

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1 hour ago, Paul P said:

an observation. 
 

The standard service interval for an air filter is 6yrs/60k. And that is fit and forget.  
 

I get there may be benefits for induction sound and if you want to clean and / or change it more regularly  but not seeing it as a long term win against the 50 quid or so for a good spec one. 
 

of course - we all decide how we spend our money and what we do with our cars and no wrong answers just for me I don’t see the “value” proposition in reusable filters.  

^This^

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I would never leave the filter for 60k or 6 years! I once out a new filter in ahead of a bit dusty Euro trip of some 2.5k miles. It needed a change after that trip alone! 

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4 hours ago, edc said:

I would never leave the filter for 60k or 6 years! I once out a new filter in ahead of a bit dusty Euro trip of some 2.5k miles. It needed a change after that trip alone! 

Filters look dirty after 500 miles.  That’s how they work.  
 

but. Have to admit I was surprised at the recommended interval myself but that’s what it is. 
 

me. I would take a genuine item for 6 years over a 20 quid one for two but again, personal call, we all make our own calls. 

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