Hello all - very new to this forum and wanted to get some advice on the above car.
I have found a 60-plate metallic black in gorgeous condition, 88,000 miles on the clock, private seller. Full BMW service history. Sat Nav, i-drive, cruise control.
However, following on from a conversation with a mechanic friend of mine, he mentioned some worrying and well known issues about the N47 engines - namely the timing chain.
Now before I bite the bullet and make an offer for the car, I wanted to get an idea on people's views. The guy selling says the chain has never been replaced as has never been a problem, and said it will be good until around 120,000 miles, at which point it probably would need doing. When I took it for a test drive, the engine sounded spot on - no ticking or rattling from inside at 1,500 rpm, which seems to be the benchmark test.
However, I have been reading numerous horror stories online about these timing chains just giving up without any warning, causing thousands of £££ of damage, if not whole replacement engines. I spoke to a BMW specialist, who says he changes 100+ of these a year on the N47 engines (just as a precaution) at £1,000 a pop! Keeps him in business he says!
So my question is, is it worth taking the risk - as I have completely fallen in love with the motor already, and as far as I can see, everything else anybody has to say about the model is all positive. I really don't want to get an A4 TDi instead or a Skoda or something, as those car just leave me utterly cold.
So any thoughts would be much appreciated! Cheers!