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Unlike traditional vehicles that have the oil filter positioned underneath the engine, BMW's oil filter is located on top next to the engine; it is visible by just opening the hood. Also unlike traditional oil filters, BMW uses an oil filter in the shape of a hollow cylinder (about 6" in lenght, 4" in widht) which closely resembles a traditional air filter's material. Under the hood you should be able to see a black container/ resevoir that looks very similar to the power steering resevoir. To open it however, it can not be done by hand; you will need a socket wrench to remove the nut that is about the size of an axle nut cover. ( not sure about the size socket you need but it is available at any auto parts store). Once you open the oil filter container, simply pull out the old one and drop in the new one ( less mess than other filters). A rubber seal comes with every oil filter so make sure you also replace the seal.

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Its in the front of the engine a plastic container with a big nut head on top of it which is about a 36 mm if my memory serves me well

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