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    Hi

    Just joined today as i am seriously thinking of getting a 330d, i have £6000-£7000 to spend. For this amount of money the cars i have looked at so far have around 100000 to 150000 miles with full service history and considering the miles are looking and sounding very good !

    Before i go for it is there any big bills that i should be aware of.. cam belts/chain that type of thing ?

    Would be grateful for any advice good or bad !

    P.s Here is my current car which all being well is going next weekend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by big_grin View Post
    Hi

    Just joined today as i am seriously thinking of getting a 330d, i have £6000-£7000 to spend. For this amount of money the cars i have looked at so far have around 100000 to 150000 miles with full service history and considering the miles are looking and sounding very good !

    Before i go for it is there any big bills that i should be aware of.. cam belts/chain that type of thing ?

    Would be grateful for any advice good or bad !

    P.s Here is my current car which all being well is going next weekend.

    http://www.pistonheads.com/sales/454802.htm
    HI Big Grin

    Welcome...sounds like your making a good move TBO.
    The VRS is a nice car but I would prefer the 330D for a vaariety of reasons (main one being Im a BMW fanatic!!!)

    the 330Ds are a good sturdy engine/car and the main thing you need to look for is a proper service record (doesnt have to be BMW main dealer...good independant garages are ok)..

    This will include receipts and bills for work done. So you will then know the car has been looked after and should not spring any big bills on you.

    There are not any 'major' items Im aware of that are danger areas with this car.

    Timing chains are a quite expensive job but nothing to silly. Im not sure an exact price TBO but at that mileage I would expect the timing chain to have been replaced quite possibly.

    Im sure Ive got a BMW diesel buying guide somewhere. I wil see if I can dig it out
     
     

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    Timing chain wouldn't have been touched I doubt, If it's got the usual Bosch airflow meter then expect to replace one at some point
     
     

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    Thankyou very much for taking the time to reply, going to look at a couple of 330d over the weekend and take it from there. Have you any idea when the timing chain should be changed ?

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    I'm not sure if there is a replacement interval or favoured mileage to be honest, Generally they are only replaced if they get noisy etc
     
     

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    Ok thanks for that
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ronnie View Post
    I'm not sure if there is a replacement interval or favoured mileage to be honest, Generally they are only replaced if they get noisy etc
    Yeah, thats pretty much correct iirc and it is considered a 'lifetime item' by BMW

    if its not noisy it doesnt need replacing basically...and usually it is the tensioner that will be replaced to stop any rattle iirc
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by boostist View Post
    Yeah, thats pretty much correct iirc and it is considered a 'lifetime item' by BMW

    if its not noisy it doesnt need replacing basically...and usually it is the tensioner that will be replaced to stop any rattle iirc
    My local dealer told me that they had never had to replace a timing chain due to Boostist's quote.

    The 318is engine had clocked over 140,000 on a J reg 1992.

    I have been informed that the cams are prone to wearing and when I sold my engine the lad that was buying asked if I could remove the rocker cover before he purchased as he only wanted the engine for the cams. No problem I said, he was amazed... they looked like new, no visible wear could be seen by the eye.
     
     

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    When I popped into my old BMW specialist work place about 2 months ago they had a e36 6 cylinder in there that had got noisy and the person had carried on driving it, It then stopped abruptly one day, the timing chain had snapped! I saw it, it had ripped the link straight out of the chain and bent many valves
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by A20 RYM View Post
    My local dealer told me that they had never had to replace a timing chain due to Boostist's quote.

    The 318is engine had clocked over 140,000 on a J reg 1992.

    I have been informed that the cams are prone to wearing and when I sold my engine the lad that was buying asked if I could remove the rocker cover before he purchased as he only wanted the engine for the cams. No problem I said, he was amazed... they looked like new, no visible wear could be seen by the eye.
    Sounds like your local dealer is either full of sh1t or a bunch of clowns

    Timing chains do sometimes need to be replaced (as with Ronnies post) but people usually leave it until the engine has major damage b4 doing anything.

    With that said they are a VERY hard wearing item

    Also, I dont understand this bit A20 Rym '...replace a timing chain due to Boostist's quote.'
     
     

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