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    Hi All,

    Bought an 02 E46 316i with the N42B18 engine around 2 months ago. At first all was well, I took it to an idependent BMW specialist for a check, it came back with a few things wrong but I was OK with it, it's a 10 year old car.

    2 months down the line and I'm sick of it, replaced spark plugs, fixed leaking solenoids and vacuum pump, the radiator blew a week ago, now I checked the coolant today and there's some missing again! Looks like the expansion tank is on the way out as it's wet on top. Now I've read the Wiki, and browse multiple forums and this is really not what I was expecting of a BMW. I had less hassle with a 1979 E21 320 I had 10 year ago!

    Now my car only has 75k miles so I've decided to sell it as I'm really not ready to be a full time mechanic in my spare time. I don't mind it and even like it but every now and again and not all the time.

    Rant over.

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    Pointless first and last post.

    Any car of 8 years of age, whether a BMW or not will have issues. Just because it has a fancy badge doesn't mean it's bullet proof.

    My Vauxhall Astra Coupe 2.0T had a similar issue with losing coolant and needed a header tank and pipes - get over it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul 335i View Post
    Pointless first and last post.

    Any car of 8 years of age, whether a BMW or not will have issues. Just because it has a fancy badge doesn't mean it's bullet proof.

    My Vauxhall Astra Coupe 2.0T had a similar issue with losing coolant and needed a header tank and pipes - get over it.
    X2, just to be expected imo


    Your probably the first one thats having to do any work on it at that mileage

    Youd have been better buying a 100k plus one with all the work done mate
     
     

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    I can't remember but the N42 engines cause a lot of hassle (or was it another one)

    But as expected not every car is bullet proof, understanding your post is odd... unless you intending to stay with BMW why say that? (I get the impression you aren't?)

    None the less, welcome
     
     

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    Yeah, welcome dude!

    Every model has its weak points. Don't let that one put you off. My July 2000 E46 Touring with 106k gave me immense pleasure to own. I spent a bit on prevention - a new radiator, for example. But bearing in mind I got what had been a £30k car for £4k I think I got a great deal.

    My current car is a 1997 Range Rover 4.6. Again, what a bargain, a £49,500 car that I got for under £3k. It needed a bit of tlc, which it has now had. I love it!

    Don't be glum - be happy! All these bits you're fixing will see you right for years of happy motoring.
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by watty17 View Post
    X2, just to be expected imo


    Your probably the first one thats having to do any work on it at that mileage

    Youd have been better buying a 100k plus one with all the work done mate
    Think you're right, but the question now is should I keep it and fix all of that and hope for another 60k miles trouble free or try and get something else?

    From what I read the list is long: CAB's (on the list from my mechanic), front and rear pads and discs, expansion tank, coolant hoses, serpentine belt, water pump, and more? Oh the passenger window regulator is starting to make noises as well.

    Don't know myself... should have done the reading before buying anything.
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by LimerickE46 View Post
    Think you're right, but the question now is should I keep it and fix all of that and hope for another 60k miles trouble free or try and get something else?

    From what I read the list is long: CAB's (on the list from my mechanic), front and rear pads and discs, expansion tank, coolant hoses, serpentine belt, water pump, and more? Oh the passenger window regulator is starting to make noises as well.

    Don't know myself... should have done the reading before buying anything.
    Depends how much, or if you like the car i suppose!

    I do know from other members experience that the N42 is not bmws best tho and wouldnt buy one but its too late as you say

    Cut your losses? Do some research and get something else?
     
     

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    for the same money you could have bought newer from another make and probably had less hassle If you get on top of it it probably won't be that bad over the long term, but BMW's are not cheap to own unless you buy one that someone else has spent a fortune on.
     
     

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