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  1. General BMW Discussions
    Hello all, So I am aware of the horror stories and problems with the various F10/11 powe units such as the N47, rarely the N57, N20, N53, etc. I am wondering if you have any feedback as to how the B47 which is the current, modular 2.0 diesel engine introduced into the 5 series before any...
  2. BMW 7 Series - Tech Talk For All Gen Of 7 Series
    Hi guys, My Mercedes CLS got written off a few weeks ago and I have decided to now get another BMW (I previously had a Z3 which I loved). Initially I was looking at a 5 series (F10) but a friend of mine knows someone who is selling a 7 series 740i (F01). It's a 2010 model and only has 30,000...
  3. BMW 1 Series - Tech Talk For All Gen Of 1 Series
    I have had two previous autos, an E46 330i saloon and an E46 B3 3.3 Alpina, both of which failed on me at around the 100k mark but which I eventually got to understand is fairly normal at that mileage unless the ATM fluid has been regularly refreshed every 50-60k miles? I've had several other...
  4. General BMW Discussions
    Hi, ive been researching about the m51 engine used in the 325/525 tds' Ive read mixed review on these engines however some reviews are very old I was just wondering do any you guys have any experience using this engine e.g. power, reliability, MPG, any nightmares? im debating dropping one in...
  5. BMW 3 Series - Tech Talk For All Gen Of 3 Series
    Hey First time poster not so long time lurker :) I have a chance to pick up a relatively clean highly specced BMW 335i E91-LCI with manual trans at 150K miles. I tried using the search but could not find anything recent about the reliability / longevity of the xDrive system. Is there...
  6. BMW 6 Series - Tech Talk E24,E63,E64,F12,F13
    Hi guys, just seen a stunning 630i on autotrader with 126000 miles for £6500 and the car seems like its in mint condition. I do around 13-15000 miles a year, would it be a wise choice to see this car or am I playing with fire? Thanks - Duncan
  7. BMW 3 Series Forum - Technical Talk on the BMW E46
    Hi folks, Looking at picking up an e46 touring sometime in the next month. It's gonna be seeing a lot of miles in the next year, potentially multiple 300 mile round trips per week. I'm looking on a budget of £1500 give or take a little, there's plenty of 1.8 petrols coming up in this bracket...
  8. General BMW Discussions
    Hi guys, I asked this question over on pistonheads and people were telling me not to get a 535d. Basically I'll be doing 90k+ yearly in the car and would like to know if there are any reasons not to go for the 535d in this case? Would a 7 series be a better car? Which BMW would be the most...
  9. General BMW Discussions
    Hello All Just looking for a bit of information on the getrag 420g 6 speed gearbox, I've recently been down to a gearbox specialist who strongly recommended against the box and he said its horribly unreliable and that you can't get any parts for it, Im finding this a little hard to believe as...
  10. BMW 3 Series - Tech Talk For All Gen Of 3 Series
    Never bought a second hand car before but found a lovely 325d from 2007 M sport auto with 61000 miles on it. Are there many common problems with this car? It's got a full service history and I'm buying from a dealer. I know it's always a bit of a gamble buying second hand but surely BMW are...
  11. BMW 3 Series Forum - Technical Talk on the BMW E46
    Hi guys, I'm new to the forum and have had my heart set on the 330CD for a while. I'm after a new car (to me) from driving a small saxo for 2.5 years! I have put over 65,000 miles on it in that time. I love the E46 shape as I'm sure so many of us do, I would also like to own an M3 but I just...
  12. BMW X Series - Tech Talk For All Gen Of X Series
    Recently acquired an early '03 X5 4.4, well cared for but high mileage. Understand it is fitted with the VANOS 4.4 engine and fixed ratio transfer case. Wondering how that fairs for reliability, vs. the later versions, with the X-drive and bi-VANOS-Valvetronic engine?
  13. BMW 3 Series Forum - Technical Talk on the BMW E46
    Yes I know theres countless threads on the topic but Im looking to hear from diy'ers whom have worked on these cars. To start, I drive an e46 325, which I find more than adequate in terms of speed and power. As a matter of fact, I actually do not care one bit about performance in general. I...
  14. General BMW Discussions
    How reliable are the BMW 316ti Compacts's? I've read decent reviews about them but just want to get other opinions and personal experiences. Thank you.
  15. General BMW Discussions
    Hi everyone. I've just recently bought a 120d and although I love it and the driving experience is unbelievable. Thought I'd join a couple of bmw forums. All I've read is this happens and that happens. So many things go wrong with them. It's really ruined my driving experience. All I do is...
  16. BMW 3 Series Forum - Technical Talk on the BMW E46
    Hi guys, Saw a really nice estoril blue 330Ci clubsport on gumtree over the past week, its got 73000 miles on it which is very low (assuming they're genuine) for a 2002, hes asking 3950. From reading this forum over the past 2 years i seem to believe this engine is fairly reliable, im used to...
  17. BMW 3 Series Forum - Technical Talk on the BMW E46
    2003 BMW 320i M-SPORT 4 door saloon | Dundonald | Gumtree I'm thinking about going to see it. The guy says it has a BMW dealer history to 40k, and then local mechanic from then to now . I think it's reasonably priced at 2950, for an m sport. Although I might get him down to 2700ish. Is there...
  18. BMW 1 Series - Tech Talk For All Gen Of 1 Series
    Hi I'm looking at 120 diesels and, quite frankly, from reading various forum entries have been scared off the face-lift model with the N47 engine due to what sounds like quite spontaneous failure of the chain/tensioner, regardless of s/h. I've priced repairs of other problems like DMF and turbo...
  19. BMW 3 Series - Tech Talk For All Gen Of 3 Series
    Hi, I will be getting an approved BMW on Friday. The goal is to keep the car for many years to come and hence I want to do all I can to achieve that goal. The car details are BMW 330d Automatic 2010 ( June 2010 ) Approx 24000 miles One owner from new ( ex lease car ) Has had 1 service since...
  20. General BMW Discussions
    Looking to buy a 325ci sport (post 2003 facelift). Some advice on how it compares as far as reliability goes with the 330ci sport which I know is a fantastic engine. The car is question has covered around 125k miles and did have a gearbox rebuild not so long ago. I know the 330 sounds better...
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