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    hi guys, looking for advice on here really.
    I'm into VWs (please don't hate me!). But I'm looking at getting a 320d touring e46, as they're cheapish, RWD and decent on fuel...
    Anyway, I've seen a few for sale, around the £1500 mark, but they're all 150,000+ miles, but they have a full service history.
    Are there any things to look out for on them?
    And how low can you go with them?
    cheers
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    Lots!

    Firstly make sure you drive it, the front bushes and wishbone wear out and the result is scary bump steer and tramlining

    The engine has two common faults, firstly swirl flaps that fall in to the engine and wipe it out, these are easily fixed by blanking them off but make sure it has either been done are get it done ASAP

    The other common issue is a blocked crankcase breather filter, run the car at idle for 5 minutes and then rev it it, lots of blue smoke indicates it needs replacing and if it has been driving like this for too long the turbo will be damaged. If the car you are looking at does this walk away, 150k is too long to have a blocked engine breather.

    The air and fuel filter get neglected so worth changing as soon as you buy also feel for vibration in the clutch pedal when in 4-6th grea at 1500-2500 rpm, it is one of two thing, knackered flywheel or knackered injectors. Again when driving look for lots of smoke when powering on, it is a sign of a duff MAF or MAP sensor again easily fixed but should be done.

    There are a few other niggles like the handbrake but suspension and engines issues are the main problems with the E46, finally look for regular oil changed, doesn't matter if they are DIY, they engine just like regular changes.

    They tend to get to 200k but the turbo and injector will be goosed by then
     
     

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    Thanks a lot for your help dude. Very much appreciated!
    I'll keep this for when I go check some out...
    Thanks.
     
     

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