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e90 320d thoughts

Post by Machine monkey » Fri Dec 07, 2018 9:22 am

Been offered what on the face of it seems a good deal.
2011 E90 320 140K miles its cheaper than most I can find. The car is a little tatty and needs tiding up.
Having owned a few older BMWs with high mileage. It wasn't ever an issue 160k on my last e46.
But how do the new bread of BMs stack up. I hear there are issues with the N47 engine. Regarding the cam chain. But this seems mostly in pre 2007 cars.

If anyone has one or owned one. Knows of anything i should look out for when viewing please let me know. :thumbsup:
My little blue zed is in lots of bits. With lots of things started and not many finished! I may have found the limits of my time and ability!!

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Post by Bing » Fri Dec 07, 2018 10:16 pm

We bought my wife a 2007 318i on about 36k a year ago so I did a little reading up on this. Obviously mine is petrol but the issue is the same - the cam chain guides are plastic, and they can break up, and bits of plastic could get into the engine. Which can bork the engine, of course.

As the internet is mostly full of problems rather than posts about having no problems at all, I asked my indy. His view was firstly that if you pay any attention at all to cars when you are driving them you will hear it before it breaks badly enough to do any damage. To be fair I have never heard it but I am guessing rattling chain type sound :D

His second point was that the petrol and Diesel engines are differently designed. On the petrol the cam chain is at the front of the engine, so changing the guide is a relatively straightforward job. On the diesel it’s at the back, which means if it needs changed the engine needs to come out, which is a very pricey job in labour alone. He had one in needing the work done when we were looking and he reckoned it was going to be £2k or so to fix. I’m not sure if that included repairing any damage caused.

Vacuum pump seal can go, which was an issue on ours (indicated by an oil leak underneath) sorted under warranty from the selling dealer, as can the VVT motor... which also happened on ours.

And that’s all I know, but hopefully a little help.
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Post by Bing » Fri Dec 07, 2018 10:21 pm

Worth saying, we’re very happy with the car. Grossly underpowered, but to be honest it’s very comfortable, has quite a good options list, and I kind of like the enforced calm and patience as a contrast to the M :D
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Post by Mr Tidy » Fri Dec 07, 2018 10:35 pm

I had a 57 plate 123d for over 6 years and 80K miles, and it was largely cam-chain worries that made me bail out of it!

Still, every cloud, etc. as that was when I bought my 1st Z4. :lol:

The 1 Series didn't get the N47 until the March 07 facelift and when I was trawling reports there were quite a few issues with later ones on other forums, but I don't remember any as late as 2011 - but then I was looking in 2014. I think the problem with early ones was the drive sprocket was an integral part of the crankshaft so if the chain went you needed a new crank too! :o

If you decide to go for it code the stop/start off, or turn it off every time you use it! I needed a new AGM coded battery after 4 years, and a starter motor after just 6 years. :headbang:

Early E90s used a revised version of the M47 - but after experiencing N52 loveliness in my Z4, when I was looking for an E91 earlier this year it had to have an N52 in it.
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Post by Machine monkey » Sat Dec 08, 2018 3:14 pm

Thanks guys
I have been offered a 320d it’s scruffy few dents. Flimper spec. But I have been offered it for £2k it’s fone 140k miles it’s a 2011.

The internet is confusing but it should have the better or improved chain tensioner. It’s got full BMW history until 2014 then Indy there after. Just not sure what to do!!
My little blue zed is in lots of bits. With lots of things started and not many finished! I may have found the limits of my time and ability!!

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