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i had hardly any trouble with the filter at all, and ive got pretty big hands. As long as you get the right angle its dead easy. The hard part comes getting the filter out upright, i unscrewed it stuffed it with paper towel then tilted it the least amount needed to get it out. It took me 40 mins in total for the change at my first attempt, which included flushing through with cheap oil.
Its a pain in the ass an easier with 2 people. If you havent got the parts yet then euro car parts are pretty good - but dont go to halfords. Make sure you ask them for the smaller filter as its easier to fit (i dont know what difference it makes apart from this)
The manual says that you shouldnt flush the engine at all.
You can get at the filter from underneath the car and from the top via the bonnet, theres also a flap next to the radiator on the drivers side that should allow access too.
A good idea is to get in touch with think automotive and make enquiries about a remote filter set-up. I dont have one yet but am seriously considering it when i have a bit more spare dough. This will apparently save loads of time in the future and is worth doing whilst changing the oil. (if ure a member go to the members area click on the link and order a catelogue.)
Thats about all the help i can give you, except that you should definately use top bollox oil - magnatec stuff is a bit pricey but well worth it.