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Old Feb 27th, 2014, 07:57 PM
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Broken Dooper Air Filter Box / housing

Just come away from BMW disappointed for the second time... first time I came away after a service only to find when I got home that none of the air duct hose had been refitted to the air filter housing / box.

On further investigation it looks like the clip on the box has been broken off. So BMW graciously said they will fix it; so loyally I took it back in for them to fix, but to find they replaced the whole intake hose but not touch the broken part...?

Has anyone please got a random picture of where their Dooper air duct attaches to the air box while I try and attach what I currently have for comment?

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Got the same 1.6 Dooper engine sitting outside. Your photo looks normal to me, but I'm going to grab my camera and head out in the rain and dark just for you.

Back in a few with a photo...
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Thanks - mine came back from the garage wrapped up in a cable tie like the attached photo - I'm sure BMW wouldn't make something that would be held together like that???
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Old Feb 27th, 2014, 08:27 PM
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As promised! There shouldn't be any cable ties, the pipe just snaps into the filter housing. Doesn't fit tight, mind you...wiggles a bit, but stays in place.

Is that what you wanted?
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Wow! Thank you so much.

That is exactly like mine... it just seems like such a poor fit and so I thought there should be another tang (like the one on the side) to hook onto those two wedge pieces.

Maybe I'll be eating some humble pie with the dealer tomorrow!!!!

Thanks again, hope you didn't get too wet!

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Old Feb 27th, 2014, 08:38 PM
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No problem. Just a drizzle, not a pour. I can add my 2 cents here, I think.

The air piping in this engine is quite loose and tends to rattle and buzz quite a lot once it's been removed and reinstalled a few times. It gets loose enough that at idle it can translate a lot of noise into the cabin (I thought it was my clutch going out one time it got that bad).

That could be one reason they zip-tied it like that. I did the same myself but not in that location - a little higher up close to the fuse box where there's a little black plastic tab with a hole. However the ties got a little inconvenient for services, etc...

In the end, the real vibration came from the intake opening at the front of the car beside the headlight. I put some felt pads used for furniture feet in some strategic locations and solved my buzzing intake noise problem.

Hope that helps!
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With you entirely and had the rattle from the front fitting just after I bought the car over four years ago. Even then I thought how poorly designed it was and that being almost corrugated couldn't exactly help airflow?

Still, humble pie it is.

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