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The bottom one looks inferior in construction. I wouldn't use it in my car.

TitanCI, are you for real that you didn't know Bosch was German? Look aroiund any BMW and you will find a lot components made by Bosch.
 

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^Yeah, I didn't realize that. I use their plugs in my car, but I guess I didn't know that. When I saw made in Germany, it was almost suggestive that the filter was made by Mann and stamped Bosch (that's what I thought).
 

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The top filter is a Hengst filter, not MANN

If you go to the dealer you usually get a Henst filter for the E39
Mann are the OEM for most 3 Series

Both are very good and usually from Germany
The Hengst one has the full black plastic top, while Mann use a amber resin, like in their other filters.
Mahle also use a black top on their E39 filter


The 3 main air and oil filter OEM suppliers for BMW are Mahle, Hengst and MANN

 
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