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    Hi All, I am looking for a 2007 320D Touring, SE or M Sport, sub 100k miles. 163BHP lump.

    What should I look out for, and consider? The autos on these cars, are they good or bad, the dual mass flywheels, when do they fail also anything else to be aware of?
     
     

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    Both E90 320d 163 have failed dmfs at around 133k miles. Mine is noisey and will be done in the next month. Check service history, look at discs etc for rust as they arent cheap and if the car doesnt feel like the 163 bhp it will probably need a new MAF sensor.
    Auto boxes as far as I know are pretty good but other members will tell you more. In my opinion go for the M sport they are more desirable but hold their money more.
     
     

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    Thanks Jim.

    DMF I would expect around then, costs around 1k?

    I am concerned about the firm ride on the M sport, I have an Octavia VRS with 18's and it was REALLY crashy. Any owners on here got any views?

    I didnt realise the MAF's were an issue on BMW's, I am not scared of replacing them.

    So no mega warnings, like common oil pump fails etc?
     
     

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    You can buy complete LUK clutch kit and DMF for the E90 M47 engine for £369 on ebay. The N47 engine is dearer. The M47 is a very hardy old unit and if serviced correctly can live on for 300k easily. Just look at the older BMWs and Rover 75 etc which use the unit. The engines are on ebay for pennies as there is no demand as they dont often blow up! As for ride quality mine is fine and not too crashy. The MAFs are available cheaply enough on ebay for £60 with 12 months warranty so thats a bonus or go for a decent brand at twice the price.
     
     

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    I had my DMF & clutch (LUK) done on the dearer N47 (2011 184bhp - 94,000 miles) last January for £715 fitted at a local clutch place
    (The North West's #1 Clutch replacement Specialists - Railway Motors Clutch Centre for anyone in the North West - I'd barely got home from dropping it off when he rang to say it was ready!)

    Issues with the rear wiper - usually broken wires next to the hinge - easy repair

    I don't find the MSport suspension too bad, especially now I've gone to non runflats (18") - no flying carpet though definitely 'sporty'

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    Don't forget the Turbo, if you have the older version with the downward facing exhaust as they all let go at 100,000 miles. Then there is the EGR valve that get blocked up, need to take it off to clean it, buts its an easy job. Try starting it during this cold weather as the glow plugs pack up and are a bugger to change.

    If its the later model the the only problem is the cam chain snapping !
     
     

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    Yep don't google n47 cam chain failure. It will put you right off!

    I had a 2006 m47 318d for 2 years. Decent car - noisy like a tractor but no DPF and interestingly no swirl flaps. Only issue was noisy clutch bearing / dmf on way out when I sold it. That and it was slow.
     
     

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    Oh yeh and 3/4 glow plugs failed around 110k.

    Finding on 07 diesel with sub 100k might be challenging.
     
     

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    Its the pre facelift 2007 I want, the 163 BHP, and talking to a BMW specialist, who tells me 100k is barely run in. Is that the M47 engine? The N being the 177BHP?

    So Turbos on the 163BHP lump fail at 100k? OK.

    I was thinking get a 100k one and take it to a specialist to check turbo for movement, swirl flaps (removal) and clean EGR, and any software updates etc then a stage 1.

    Glow plugs dont sound like an expensive job, ill get a Haynes and do what I can.
     
     

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    Yeh 163hp should be a m47.

    Turbos can fail anytime but over 100k is more likely. Less likely if car has had more regular oil changes than the service interval.

    Glow plugs aren't too tricky to change.

    The air filter is a total pain though

    With tourings check the tailgate lights, remote locking and radio functions. The wiring and/or amp can fail.
     
     

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