|Item Weight||17.25 pounds|
|Package Dimensions||23.3 x 16.2 x 12.7 inches|
|Item model number||54-10682|
|Manufacturer Part Number||54-10682|
aFe Power Magnum FORCE 54-10682 BMW X5 (E53) Performance Intake System (Oiled, 5-Layer Filter)
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- Outflows the factory intake by up to 87% . Produces an additional 10 horsepower and 20 lbs. x ft. torque
- 5-Layer progressively finer oiled, washable cotton gauze media allows maximum airflow for maximum power
- 16 gauge, powder-coated heat shield
- Heat-insulating molded plastic tube replaces the stock intake tract
- This product is not CARB exempt at this time and is not legal for sale in California or use on vehicles registered with the California Department of Motor Vehicles.
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This Stage 2 cold air intake system produces 10 max horsepower, 20lbs. x ft. torque and out-flowed the factory intake by 87%. Includes a durable 16 gauge, powder-coated heat shield; this air intake system features a washable/reusable 360 degree high flow conical air filter. This intake system also features a heat-insulating molded plastic tube that replaces the stock intake tract and directs increased air flow with improved volumetric efficiency for maximum performance. The one-piece black powder coated heat shield requires little or no assembly and the filter is constructed with 100% polyurethane for long life and multiple cleaning cycles.
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About the product...according to Amazon, this kit is a fit for a 2003 BMW X5. However, it's actually only a partial fit. Upon receiving the kit it's understandable why Amazon would think it fits, I'm sure they were confused by AFE who themselves are not sure if it's an exact fit!!
The confusion starts with the poor installation instructions. On page 1 it says this kit is for a 2004-2006 X5. On page 2 it says it is for a 2000-2006. When I called AFE support, even the tech at AFE was not sure if it would fit - told me to "try it out". Turns out Stage 1 of the kit which includes the housing, the coupler, and the filter fits fine. Stage 2 will not fit. The rubber elbow that connects to the engine is too big and will make contact with the fan. So, if you're looking to install this kit on a 2003 BMW X5, save yourself some money (~$100) and aggravation and get the Stage 1 instead.
Also - this kit came with parts that are not even listed on the instructions. One of these is a breather element that needs to attach to a hose that was connected to the stock filter box. The instructions don't tell you what it is or where it goes, had to call support again to have them explain. Poor job by AFE. Kit itself seems great when on...engine has a nice sporty tune to it. Remains to be seen how much additional HP and MPG it provides.
I'm going to try calling AFE, perhaps there is a smaller, compatible elbow hose they can send me. If I get anywhere with them, I will come back & update this review.
Couple things - I bought the Stage 2 system - but ended up not using the pipe system. It didn't fit well and the air filter was just a bolt in change that was real easy. With that in mind - you could probably go with just the Stage 1 system. Also be careful when installing the system that you don't pull out any of the electronic connections. I must I loosened one of the connections (couldn't tell by just looking at it). That caused the engine to go into safe mode and I had to go to my mechanic to get it sorted out.
Overall very happy with the system.