I'm Steve from Nottingham

Just bought a 52 plate 320D so thought it would be a good idea to join this forum as it looks a good site for information and any help I may need. I picked it up last Tuesday and got in it to come to work today, moved forward about an inch and the front o/s spring snapped!!! fortunatly for me it's being repaired under warrenty from the guy I bought it from.

I have heard rumours about swirl flaps, can anyone tell me if these are a major problem and if there is any way to tell if these have been sorted before without stripping the engine?