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Old 04-07-2005, 02:28 AM   #1
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Default Cheap fuel filter alternative?

Maybe I'm cheap but I don't feel like paying $31.36 plus tax for a fuel filter. Are there any alternatives? Like taking the canister apart and replacing the paper filter inside?
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Old 04-07-2005, 02:30 AM   #2
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man when you are messing with the fuel filter i think it is a wise investment just to go buy a new one... that is what i would do, much easier.
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Old 04-07-2005, 02:43 AM   #3
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Much easier indeed, but you don't learn anything by shelling out 35 bucks for a folded up piece of paper inside a tin can, except that the auto industry has you right where they want you.
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Old 04-07-2005, 03:04 AM   #4
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Much easier indeed, but you don't learn anything by shelling out 35 bucks for a folded up piece of paper inside a tin can, except that the auto industry has you right where they want you.
i would agree with this, but this is one of those things that comes with the car... "Maintnence" yes it does cost some, but if you look at every variable here, one you have to find a new filter, which would cost gas money, and time...in my mind time is money and these days gas isnt cheep either, tow you ahve to spend more time rippen the thing apart, what if you dont do it right and the seal is wrong, well then you are screwed. i would just go get a replacement one form like auto zone or from the web, which i bet you can get one cheeper than 30$ it is all about what the man wants to put into it...
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Old 04-07-2005, 12:43 PM   #5
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$35 is not bad considering that if you make your own new problems could arise thus req more $$ to fix but this is only my opinior.
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Old 04-07-2005, 02:11 PM   #6
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Factor the price and humbling of going to a dealer/repair shop and saying the car doesn't run right after you "refreshed" the fuel filter in an effort to save $30... It's not like you're building a turbo here, or distilling your own gas; it's a cheap little part.
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Old 04-07-2005, 02:25 PM   #7
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Hey if you want to save $30 who needs a fuel filter is just lowering your fuel pressure anyway just take a small pipe and bypass the filter completely and while your at it remove the brackets for the fuel filter to save you a couple ounces of weight. Not only that but that should increase your gas mileage 0.02% And the only inconvinenace is that you have to filter you gas before you put it in your tank, just whip out that notebook paper and fold it up whenever you fill up.
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Old 04-07-2005, 03:38 PM   #8
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The time you spend rigging a home made job you could of made the $30 at work!
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Old 04-07-2005, 04:05 PM   #9
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look for the generic purolator version (there probably is one..) should be half the cost
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Old 04-07-2005, 04:19 PM   #10
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I still think it's bull****. All my BMW filters were around ~$12...
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Old 04-07-2005, 04:28 PM   #11
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look for the generic purolator version (there probably is one..) should be half the cost
I did this on saturday...it was 13 bucks or so and 15 minutes of hose prying.

purolator from advance autozone parts america whatever its called now.
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Old 04-07-2005, 04:30 PM   #12
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I still think it's bull****. All my BMW filters were around ~$12...
Well, where are you looking man? The dealer or something? Here are the prices from www.partsamerica.com







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Old 04-07-2005, 04:57 PM   #13
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I think you should just cut your current one open and put some cotton gauze in there. Hopefully while you are messing around with getting it open you don't create any sparks or anything, as it would seem to me that would be BAD!!!

I get mine at Napa for ~$23.

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Old 04-08-2005, 05:14 AM   #14
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Hmmmm thank you all for the jokes / links / inspiration
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