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Old 02-03-2005, 10:20 PM
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I never have a problem finding $100 worth of stuff I need. But I have paid shipping when I only needed one thing, the center link for example. It wasn't very expensive. I bet shipping on say 6 filters wouldn't be that much. By the time you expend your money and time finding it locally you will be ahead by paying the shipping.

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Old 02-04-2005, 10:47 AM
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Heh... There is always something else to buy for the near future.

Such as: Fuel filter(s),Air filter, o-rings for around the dipstick, maybe a new antenna grommet, balljoints/tie rod ends, radiator cap, plugs, cap/rotor, sunroof lube (gleitpaste), spare fuses, vacuum pod(s), brake pads & sensors...the list goes on..

Decide what you want/are going to have to, fix in the next 6 months, and buy it all at once. Make a list, as you will invariably think of something 2 minutes after you have placed your order.
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Old 02-04-2005, 11:46 AM
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I've always used "real" Bosch oil filters, but beware. Autozone has "Bosch oil filters", but they are NOT the same as the 72165 Bosch oil filter sold by Mercedes parts specialists like Fastlane for M103 applications. The 72165 has a bypass valve. The M103 "Bosch oil filter" at Autozone does not. I refer to them as "fake Bosch filters". They are apparently a cheap filter with the Bosch name that the Bosch aftermarket organization sells.

Makes it very confusing for car owners. Assuming you have a M103 do not buy any "Bosch filter" other than the 72165, and you can clearly see that is has the built in bypass valve.

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I checked my stash and it says 72150. Will someone confirm if this is the real deal. I tried to look into the Bosch website but to no avail.
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Old 02-04-2005, 02:36 PM
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72165 is the real deal for a 103 MB motor.

The oil filter on the 103 motor is turned upside down and the filter has to be designed to operate this way. The filter number Duke gave is the one designed to do this. The 72150 is not.

Go to the GOOGLE search engine and key in -> Bosch 72150 and start reading. Among others, the 72150 fits Audi 5000 - 1984-1988. May also fit some VWs.
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Best I can remember I've been using the 72165 since my first oil change nearly 17 years ago. I don't know what the 72150 is for, but from the previous post it doesn't appear to be correct for M103 engines.

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Yikes, I bought a box of six of these filters and am on my fourth one with actually no ill effects. I guess I will just consume the remainder and switch over to the OEM filters.

I reason I bought these filters is because they are the "old type" which fits in my old cap-on filter wrench. As you all know the new OEM oil filter is smaller and requires a new wrench, I forgot what size is that now!

So I guess I have to inevitably buy that new wrench!
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Yikes, I bought a box of six of these filters and am on my fourth one with actually no ill effects. I guess I will just consume the remainder and switch over to the OEM filters.

I reason I bought these filters is because they are the "old type" which fits in my old cap-on filter wrench. As you all know the new OEM oil filter is smaller and requires a new wrench, I forgot what size is that now!

So I guess I have to inevitably buy that new wrench!
I bought one today from Partsource(arm of Canadian Tire) parts store and they only have the Made in Germany Bosch 72150(not Made in USA),their computer says 72150 not the 72165.So I bought 72150 instead. I remember I have used this # filter before .Any further comment since your last post.Are there any diff between Canadian and American Bosch # system.
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WHy not just find Knetch or Mann or one of the other german brands?

Bosch is aftermarket for oil filters not a factory supplier. Go with a factory supplier and you'll be fine. Bosch is OE for fuel filters.
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I recently ordered the "Real deal" Bosch filter online and ended up with a MANN filter....I'm going to use it, but am kinda mad that I was switched for the brand. I'm sure its probably fine though...looks the same, and has the bypass valve in it.
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I'd say this on the oil filters....it really doesn't matter as long as you are not racing these cars...I have used Bosch, Mann, Puralator not to mention Fram....I have doing this for 25 years on German cars that I have owned and cherished (probably around 800K miles on them over the years). I toss a Fram filter and 7 quarts of Catrol 10/40 every so often and the car has run just fine. This is in a 1990 300TE with 130K on it, it leaks some stuff here and there but no big deal.....anyway...I vote for Fram...they work well....
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I recently ordered the "Real deal" Bosch filter online and ended up with a MANN filter....I'm going to use it, but am kinda mad that I was switched for the brand.
Somebody did you a favor.

Bosch filters sold in USA have NOTHING to do with Bosch but rather are the typical filters privated labled with things like Pennzoil and in this case Bosch. They are NOT made in Europe and they are just about junk.

http://minimopar.knizefamily.net/oilfilters/index.html
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Wix's cross for the 72150 is 51342, but it has the anti-drain back valve.

$4.22 from www.fleetfilter.com
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Somebody did you a favor.

Bosch filters sold in USA have NOTHING to do with Bosch but rather are the typical filters privated labled with things like Pennzoil and in this case Bosch. They are NOT made in Europe and they are just about junk.

http://minimopar.knizefamily.net/oilfilters/index.html
Here's a comparison of German filters on the same site that you linked to.

http://minimopar.knizefamily.net/oilfilters/german.html

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