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    Hi all, i'm 22 years old and had a fair few cars but never a BMW or a diesel :p I've finally saved some money up and gonna buy my first second hand 320d but i really dunno what to look out for... obviously its gonna have a fair few miles on it and if yous could help me out on what to look out for and what should stop me buying the car, I would much appreciate the help, thanks. Dan.
     
     

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    listen for loud turbo whine, and excessive smoke from the rear.
    make sure it has good history and see if its had a turbo replacement, a recent new one is always good.

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    Thanks, i knew about the excessive smoke and to have a good history but wouldn't have thought of turbo :p will make sure to find out
     
     

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    How many miles a year are you planning to do? if it is less than 20k I would steer well clear of the older dervs, they are a liability.... trust me I am on my second BMW derv.

    Buy a nice 325i instead, much much better engine!
     
     

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    What shape 320d are you looking to buy, E90 or E46 and what sort of price range out of interest, are you looking for a coupe or saloon?

    You need to look out for swirl flaps on an E46, a recent clutch would be a bonus on a higher mileage example.
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    Quote Originally Posted by matthew_henson View Post
    How many miles a year are you planning to do? if it is less than 20k I would steer well clear of the older dervs, they are a liability.... trust me I am on my second BMW derv.

    Buy a nice 325i instead, much much better engine!
    Hi Matthew, I was just curious on your view of the 20k a year. I have read a few people saying similar things. I have a 51 plate 320d and do probably 10-15k a year, the majority are motorway miles. I currently get around 45-50 mpg and 650 miles to a tank and it's costing me around £86 for a full tank. Also my insurance is £570 annually.

    Now I as much as I really do like my car, I am missing a petrol.... And I am curious, would something like a 325 really be cheaper to run?


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    Quote Originally Posted by ben m View Post
    Now I as much as I really do like my car, I am missing a petrol.... And I am curious, would something like a 325 really be cheaper to run?
    It very much depends on the mileage of the car but there are so many weak points on the 320d that can and probably will blow away any savings you get from owning a diesel. The three main ones on the E46 are flywheel, turbo and injectors and then you have down pipes, sensor faults, EGR valve issues, glowplug failure and fuel pump failure. There are also the monsters such as dropped flaps and broken crank

    The six pot petrols are just a better proposition and considerably more reliable, I have posted here for a while and 80% of the "HELP ME" threads are diesel related, the only only thing that goes wrong with the big six's is VANOS motor faults, CVV breather valves and the odd Lambda sensor issues.

    Now if the OP is off to buy a nice 30k miles E90 that is a different story (avoiding the early N47 engines which are another BMW nightmare) but even then high cost of buying the car over a 325i would take a while to pay for itself.
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by matthew_henson View Post
    How many miles a year are you planning to do? if it is less than 20k I would steer well clear of the older dervs, they are a liability.... trust me I am on my second BMW derv.

    Buy a nice 325i instead, much much better engine!
    ive had my current car for 7-8months and i've done 19k already, i did look at a 325 but the insurance is a little bit more :(
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by jon.etheridge View Post
    What shape 320d are you looking to buy, E90 or E46 and what sort of price range out of interest, are you looking for a coupe or saloon?

    You need to look out for swirl flaps on an E46, a recent clutch would be a bonus on a higher mileage example.
    im looking to buy a e46 model 320d and im open to both a coupe or saloon and my budget is around 1500-2000
     
     

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    You won't get a 320d coupe for £2000. You will probably be looking at an earlier 320d or maybe a really high mileage 330d. As previously mentioned a petrol one might be a better choice and less of a headache. Insurance cannot be that much of a problem I found it fine and I am a year younger than you.
    I had similar thoughts as you did when buying but I had to have the more robust engine, as mentioned there are many threads with 320d failures.
     
     

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