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    Hi all. New to the forum, i am at present a Beamer wannabe.
    My dream car is a Beamer but the feared costs of buying a good one has put me off up to now.
    We currently have a Mazda6 2.0 diesel turbo, which i thought was nice, but is currently in the mazda garage having "Mazda oil" put into the engine cause apparently my service "normal oil" isnt good enough. So its a £99 oil change at the dealers for us. they will also put out a stupid warning light on the dash for their Diesel Particulate Filter, which basically says "please take me to the mazda dealer and hand over some of your hard earned cash!".

    fed up with that, so its being sold, and i would love to get a 3 series diesel BMW.

    SO...why have a waffled that lot i hear you ask...i want to find out which 3 series diesel is best...and are there any similar cases like with the mazda to watch out for? I am an able home mechanic and detest dealerships !!! So if i gotta 3 series for around £4000-£6000, am i likely to be as annoyed with it in a years time, as i am my Mazda???

    Any pointers would be very much appreciated. And hopefully we'll soon become a BMW owning member of your forum.

    yours hopefully,
    marty, claire & baby daniel.
     
     

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    hey there, for that price range you'll be looking at a very nice e46 320d or 330d. Both came in a couple states of tune/trim and both are very economical for what they are.

    Watch out for turbo failures, esp on the 150 bhp 320d (136bhp seems to suffer less)

    and get the swirl flaps (search this) removed as a precautionary measure on all models.

    Depending on what mileage you do, a smaller petrol model (318 etc) may suit check for mpg here Real World M.P.G - all models
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    Hello and Welcome Claireybella

    be sure to read Tefal's thread on the BMW Diesel Engine for preventative maintenance hints and tips and you the knowledge as a bargaining tool against a new bimmer.

    They do prefer regular oil changes as this helps keep the engine and turbo in top condition but can be done
    DIY for 50% of the cost of your Mazda or 65-70% at a good indy.
    There no DPF fitted on the E46 and should you prefer the E90/E91/E92 variant look for the down pointing exhaust pipe
    as those vehicles also don't have a DPF.

    Quote Originally Posted by Claireybella View Post
    am i likely to be as annoyed with it in a years time, as i am my Mazda???l
    I very much doubt it if you buy a good one

    Good Luck in the hunt
     
     

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    hello and welcome


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    if you like the home mechanic style of maintanence then the e46 was the last true home mechanics user friendly 3 series.
    avoid the 320 as for the cost and running you will wonder why you never got the 330d in the first place, try and get the later one, after 2003 i believe as its got the more powerful 218bhp engine.
     
     

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  10. Cheers y'all. Forgot some other info. 
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    Hey gang thanks for the big ups and stuff. i forgot to mention a couple of small things. We need a 4 door so we can get Mini-Me in and out of his child seat ok, and iso-fix in the rear seats would be good. And i also dont want a car thats done moon miles, to me that is anything over 100,000. So this will obviously push the price up but i have still seen some bargains with these boxes ticked. I'm not fussed about "gizmo's" cause theyre only something else to go wrong, so spec neednt be top of the range for me.
    MPG is a big deal for me with the price of diesel, is there a massive difference from a thirsty 330d to a 320d?

    Ok Freddybear, cheers for all that, a 1999 330d owner here praises his motor, so ties in with your words for sure. I'm not a hard driver, and if i can do it myself at home...a service would occur at least every 10,000 miles. Guy here mentioned about swirl flaps also, need to read up on these as its a new one on me right now

    Slowtech, again many thanks, what would you call a "regular service" period? This E90/E91/E92...are these engine models? How would i find these out on a sales forecourt for instance? Is it stamped on the block somewhere? I'm sick of DPF after my Mazda experience...so deffo avoiding them if poss.
    So a Beamer will keep me happy for many years yea? I love our mazda's curves and engine power and drive, but this has been over shadowed by an enforced trip to the dealership !

    ASJ and Spirit, cheers.

    Vaux fan, thats exactly what i'm looking for. Not so fussed bout power in the 330, but wil bare it in mind mate cheers.

    ok thanks for now gang, time for me to go to the mazda garage, bend over, and wait for the bill!

    Marty.
     
     

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    Hi Marty,
    Sub 10k oil & filter changes are not uncommon with the E46 driving members, this simply echoes what is written in Tefal's BMW Diesel Engine thread
     
     

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    Hi and welcome along to Bimmerforums UK, it's good to have you on board.
     
     

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    Hi all. So suffered the mazda service on friday, came out £150 lighter in the wallet for an oil change. sickening!!! Oh, £1.50 of that was a screen wash sachet!?!?!? I'll be phoning them up tomorrow to find out what that had to do with the oil change!!!
    Mazda MOT tomorrow, hopefully that'll be sweet, and we can start beamer shopping next weekend!!! :-)
     
     

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