Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Saetre, Bu, Norway
Since BMW are making another filter for the newer bikes, this must be for a reason.
I don't think your bike will break down overnight.
However different engines use different filters due to different demands.
I have no knowledge regarding the flowcapacity for either filter, nor does your dealer (most likely).
If I should make a guess, I would guess that for normal driving, it will not make a difference.
However if you start pushing the engine towards it's limits, will the filter restrict lubrication- needs?
What if the engine brakes, for some other reason. Will you get slammed in your face that warranty will be voided du to use of the wrong oilfilter?
If I were you I would contact the dealer and point out that there has been used the wrong type of filter.
For all I know, BMW may have told the dealers (in writing) that the older filters are ok.
But unless this information is presented to you in writing, I think I would insist on getting the correctly specified filter, if for no other reason, to avoid any warranty-issues.
Last edited by knutk; Nov 28th, 2010 at 11:29 am.