The new "OE" dealer filter is a CHEAP part from France (Purflux). Doubt that MB even cares about quality as they NEVER have used such a "filter" before. BUY the OE filter from the "aftermarket" in the OE quality; Knecht, Hengst, or Mann.
That filter isn't worth $5 let alone the $10.50 that is suggested retail.
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