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BMW E53 Microfilter/Air Filter Replacement – 2000-2006 X5

Repair Summary
This article gives detailed instructions on replacing the microfilter (cabin filter) and air filter in an E53 X5. Even though we used a 2005 X5 3.0i to perform this repair, this article can be applied to any 2000-2006 X5 vehicle with minor modifications to the repair steps.

Replacing the air and microfilter in your 2000-2006 X5 is a very simple procedure for all DIY owners.

There are a lot of easy service and maintenance items that a BMW owner can perform to save money...replacing the air and microfilter are two of the more popular ones. Air and microfilters (also known as cabin filters) are readily available from online sources like Amazon and can be installed in just a matter of minutes.
The air and microfilter in 2000-2005 X5 models can both be replaced in less than 5 minutes...even by the most novice BMW owner. The air filter, located at the front of the engine, helps trap airborne dust and debris that can get sucked into the engine, severally shortening its lifespan. The microfilter, located at the rear of the engine underneath the windshield,  filters out dust, foul odors, and even airborne viruses keeping them out of the interior cabin. The microfilter is a lot like the filter in your home airconditioning system - it cleans and freshens the air entering the BMW's HVAC system.
The BMW Repair Guide recommends replacing both filters at the same time since they are both exposed to the same air entering the vehicle - change both every 30,000 miles or 12 months.
Required Parts
OEM Quality
Fits all 2000-2006 X5 vehicles
Replacing your X5's microfilter on a regular basis helps keep the interior of the vehicle smelling fresh by removing contaminants and foul odors. This is an OEM quality filter.
All 2000-2006 X5 6 cylinder vehicle
The air filter helps protect your engine from airborne contaminants and dust. Replace your air filter on regular basis to keep your X5's engine running smoothly. Mann manufactured OEM quality replacement filters.
Fits all 2000-2006 X5 8 cylinder models
The air filter helps protect your engine from airborne contaminants and dust. Replace your air filter on regular basis to keep your X5's engine running smoothly. Mann manufactured OEM quality replacement filters.
Repair Steps
Section 1 - Replacing the air filter
Replacing the air filter from your 2000-2006 X5 is a very simple procedure that only takes a couple of minutes. Be careful handling the lid of the intake muffler (air filter housing)...it contains the mass airflow sensor (MAF) which can be easily damaged if dropped.
  1. Locate the intake muffler at the front left side of the engine. It contains the air filter element inside.bmw e53 air filter microfilter replacement - Locate the intake manifold
  2. Using a flat blade screwdriver release the four metal clips securing the lid of the intake muffler.Use a flat blade screwdriver to release the metal clips securing the cover bmw e53 air filter microfilter replacement - Unsnap the securing clips
  3. Gently lift the lid and replace the air filter element inside.
Section 2 - Replacing the microfilter
Like the air filter, replacing the microfilter in 2000-2006 X5 models is easy. It is conveniently located at the rear of the engine and can be easily accessed with just a couple of thumb turns.
  1. Identify the microfilter housing located at the rear of the engine compartment.bmw e53 air filter microfilter replacement - The microfilter is located at the rear of the engine bmw e53 air filter microfilter replacement - Locate the microfilter housing
  2. Unlock the three springloaded releasemechanisms by turning them counterclockwise.Unlock the microfilter cover bmw e53 air filter microfilter replacement - Unlock the microfilter cover bmw e53 air filter microfilter replacement - Unlock the front release
  3. Gently raise the cover and replace the microfilter inside.Raise the microfilter cover bmw e53 air filter microfilter replacement - Remove the microfilter
BMW E53 air filter/microfilter replacement finished
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