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    I have had my doubts about the dealer since, it was a few years back now. I now use information from local services in and around the area depending on area of concern. They are all time served with BMW main dealers.

    I understand that all items have the exception to the rule, there will always be cases of malfunction. The M-power engine is near indestructable but I'm sure there are owners that have blown them.

    The quote was making reference to the fact that the dealer had never had to replace a timing chain for the reason it's considered a lifetime item. Reading back though I can see how it confused. Sometimes I read and press post then go back after and realise it doesn't seem clear. My appologies.
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by A20 RYM View Post
    I have had my doubts about the dealer since, it was a few years back now. I now use information from local services in and around the area depending on area of concern. They are all time served with BMW main dealers.

    I understand that all items have the exception to the rule, there will always be cases of malfunction. The M-power engine is near indestructable but I'm sure there are owners that have blown them.

    The quote was making reference to the fact that the dealer had never had to replace a timing chain for the reason it's considered a lifetime item. Reading back though I can see how it confused. Sometimes I read and press post then go back after and realise it doesn't seem clear. My appologies.
    lol

    I still think the dealer was talking BS
    but maybe they just either

    1/ had never done a chain

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    2/ didnt want to admit this 'lifetime' part ever needs replacing

    either way. I always advise people to avoid main stealers unless necessary as you say
     
     

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    whilst doing my project there were many parts and answers that I required. The parts on a couple of occasions were incorrect, that was when I was told about realoem.com. It's so much easier phoning with the part number and then collecting the part when it's in. I always contact all the suppliers I know of to get the best price and sometimes the dealer are actually better priced.

    I think the problem with dealers, not only BMW, is they are simply just more interested in selling new cars and even then it has been heard that if you don't look like you can afford one then they don't give you the time of day.

    I prefer now to deal with people who own BMW's and work in the trade. Seems they normally have more knowledge and are more interested in helping out, not because they have to but because they want to.
     
     

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    Hi all i did it at last .. after looking round long and hard and missing several cars as they sell so quick i got myself a lovely X reg 330D Touring at the weekend for £6000.

    It was someones pride and joy with full service history 12 months mot, 6 months tax and only 104 000 miles. Cleaned it to death today. All being well the polish is coming out tomorrow.

    Sounds lovely when pushed infact have to keep telling myself its a diesel !!

    Only minor thing so far is the gear change is abit knothy or is that how they are ?

    Going to get the wheels done due to kerbing and thinking of a remap as well but not sure were to go.. any ideas ?

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    i've got a 330d with 170k on the clock, just bought it and its superb. so don't let mileage worry you too much, granted there are some shitters out there with less mileage so just be comfortable with it. as long as the seats aren't worn excelssively and its been looked after, mileage shouldn't be an issue, plus, usually the higher mileage ones have had lots of work done to them anyway which can be a good thing
     
     

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