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    Hi all,

    I'm Mark and I'm from Bristol. My main car is a modified MR2 Turbo TBar. I've had a shed of a monedo as a second car for a couple of years but, after an RTA last week, it had to be scrapped. Hence I've decided I want a second car that's actually nice, and an E46 touring sees to fit the bill. :

    I think I'm after the following:
    • E46 Touring
    • Air Conditioning (standard AFAIK)
    • Cruise Control (standard from SE up?)
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    • Manual if possible (there seem to be ltos of autos out there)

    My budget tops out at £5k, but I'd rather only spend £3-4k if possible, which seems to put me in line for 2001-2003 cars with 100-140k on the clock. Does that sound right?

    I have couple of n00b questions:
    1. Do I need to avoid high mileage cars, or do the BMWs keep running as Toyotas do?
    2. I've done almost all the servicing and maintainance on my MR2 and old mondeo myself. How easy are these cars to work on as a DIY mechanic?

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    My 2002 BMW 320D is coming up for sale shortly
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by chrisl View Post
    My 2002 BMW 320D is coming up for sale shortly
    Thanks... I see you've had one or two problems with yours though

    I want a car that I can rely upon when I do silly things like take the MR2's engine apart. Never say never... everything depends on the overall deal
     
     

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    Welcome, good luck with the search
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    Welcome mate

    Have a browse of the General BMW section and a Search of the forums using the Search button, loads and loads of information on here
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by chrisl View Post
    My 2002 BMW 320D is coming up for sale shortly
    Depending on your expected mileage and as an owner of a E46 320d Touring I was say stay well clear of diesels they are economic but there are a pain in the backside. If you are only doing up to say 12k miles a year and nice 6 pot 325 or 330 is going to provide the pleasure and reliability you need.

    They are all prone to front suspension faults but these are easy and cheap to fix (there is one major major rear end fault to look out for where the floor rips away from the subframe, very expensive to repair)

    If you are doing high mileage the diesels make sense but they require a lot of TLC and few bits removed for safe measure.

    Like all cars random things go wrong on anything else
     
     

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    Thanks all for the welcome

    Quote Originally Posted by matthew_henson View Post
    Depending on your expected mileage and as an owner of a E46 320d Touring I was say stay well clear of diesels they are economic but there are a pain in the backside. If you are only doing up to say 12k miles a year and nice 6 pot 325 or 330 is going to provide the pleasure and reliability you need.

    They are all prone to front suspension faults but these are easy and cheap to fix (there is one major major rear end fault to look out for where the floor rips away from the subframe, very expensive to repair)

    If you are doing high mileage the diesels make sense but they require a lot of TLC and few bits removed for safe measure.

    Like all cars random things go wrong on anything else
    My annual milage is 10,000-13,000 miles split between two cars, so it won't be munching up miles - 6000-8000 miles a year I guess.

    I've known of rear subframe issue for years (well, at least the matching fault on the Z3) and that would be very high on my list of things to check. I'm not scared of ripping apart suspension to replace stuff at the front to sort the other bits though.

    Re: Diesels, I'm already aware of the swirl flaps and that's well within my capability to sort out DIY. (I was reading a PDF from PMW about replacing them with special blanking plates, but I can't see why just unscrewing the flaps and leaving the rest of the assembly as-is would be a problem?) That said, I'm really not up for broken turbos.

    I already have a high maintainance turbo charged diva of a car and don't really want a second, so an NA petrol engine is attractive... but so is 50mpg 320D!
     
     

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    Hello and Welcome to BFuk shinny

    Check out Tefal's sticky thread on the BMW Diesel Engine for important preventative maintenance info.

    There are several pictorial How To guides that specifically deal with the E46 320d in the Guide and How To's section of the forums
     
     

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    Thanks SlowTech!

    Reading that first link, if I wanted a 320D and reliability was more important than power, the older M47 engine (pre Sept 2001) without swirl flaps or breakable turbo appears to be a better bet than the newer 150bhp M47N engine with both swirl flaps and the turbo that fails? Better still would be to get a post Nov 2003 model with the new machined turbo and then sort out the flaps...
     
     

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