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    After 10 years of Fords (4 Escorts 1 Mondeo and a Puma!) I've finally taken the plunge and got a different make of car yay! The last non Ford I had was a Peugeot 205 GTI which was a nightmare, so fingers crossed this is better!

    I've bought a silver 2002 3 series compact 320D. So far so good no major problems although, sometimes the drivers side door doesn't open on the remote locking sometimes have to do it a couple of times (any ideas if this is a quick fix?) and also at 40-60 mph it wanders a bit which I guess is the tracking?

    I also couldn't find a Haynes manual for this model as I like to know where everything goes and the tyre pressures oil etc.

    The car came with a Radio Cassette so am gonna stick my Kenwood head unit, ipod interface and Parrot kit in. I had a bit of trouble sourcing the steering remote adaptor as the first one I bought had the flat connectors not the round ones but have got one from the Just Kenwood site. I had a quick look behind the stereo and doesn't look like much room for all the cables and boxes!!

    Anyway this looks a good site and hope to pick up a few tips!!

     
     

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    Welcome to the forum Mike Williams, good to have you with us

    Congratulations on your new purchase, I would advise checking the engine oil breather has been replaced in the top of the head, common for blocking up if it's not the new modified type, results in turbo premature failure if left
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Williams View Post
    Hi

    After 10 years of Fords (4 Escorts 1 Mondeo and a Puma!) I've finally taken the plunge and got a different make of car yay! The last non Ford I had was a Peugeot 205 GTI which was a nightmare, so fingers crossed this is better!

    I've bought a silver 2002 3 series compact 320D. So far so good no major problems although, sometimes the drivers side door doesn't open on the remote locking sometimes have to do it a couple of times (any ideas if this is a quick fix?) and also at 40-60 mph it wanders a bit which I guess is the tracking?

    I also couldn't find a Haynes manual for this model as I like to know where everything goes and the tyre pressures oil etc.

    The car came with a Radio Cassette so am gonna stick my Kenwood head unit, ipod interface and Parrot kit in. I had a bit of trouble sourcing the steering remote adaptor as the first one I bought had the flat connectors not the round ones but have got one from the Just Kenwood site. I had a quick look behind the stereo and doesn't look like much room for all the cables and boxes!!

    Anyway this looks a good site and hope to pick up a few tips!!

    HI and welcome Mike

    Good to have you aboard

    Also, in addition to Ronnies advice to get the oil breather system cleaned and checked you would be well advised to get the swirl flaps in the inlet manifold checked...and removed if they are present

    This may sound a little wild......but it is not.

    The 2000-2004 320D (and 330D to some extent) have been notorious for siwrl flaps failing and then ingesting them into the engine,,,,
    To remove the swirl flaps the intake manifold needs to be removed and then they can be removed from it once its on the bench.
    Alternatively, they can replace the intake manifold with a post 04 one with revised flaps (much more costly)

    People have noticed NO difference to performance or economy when they have removed the swirl flaps...indeed most cars donet have them anyway.

    Search this forum for a how to guide and more info if interested
     
     

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    Additional info -
    I hjope my posat doesnt come across negatively with regards to teh reliability of 320ds..


    They are superb cars (as are 330s) and most will sail through life with none of the above....but the above points are known to be common weak points...


    The 320d's achilles heel if you will
     
     

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    Thanks guys. How much are these 'adjustments likely to cost? Is this summat that can only be done by a dealer or will any mechanic do?
     
     

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    If you are competent with the spanners then you could have a go, otherwise a Indy will be able to do the oil breather no problems, removing the flaps is a bit more involved and requires some fabrication or some blanking plates.

    The M47N engine 150bhp 08/2001 onwards face lift model 320d common rail engines has the swirl flaps and were modded like mentioned in 2004, the 130bhp 4 pot non common rail engines aren't affected, the 330d's are though
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Williams View Post
    Thanks guys. How much are these 'adjustments likely to cost? Is this summat that can only be done by a dealer or will any mechanic do?


    Any competent mechanic can do it and you are looking at maybe £100-£200 I would reckon.

    Well worth it for the insurance. You can look yourself to see if your engine has the swirl flaps.

    See the two pictures below. its the 330d engine again but it very similiar. The location of the part is the same.
    The second picture shows the pivot bar the flaps use.
    You may need a dental mirror to see clearly below the inlet manifold but it is easily checkable with a little patience and a good light!
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