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I'm off to view a 328i Ci tomorrow morning, it has 100K on the clock.

He has said that it is in mint condition apart from an intermitten fault with the A/C in that is switches itself off, he said BMW can fix it but its pricey, any ideas what this could be and any other option apart from using BMW to look at A/C?

He does not know if the engine block has been changed, but says it idles fine, if it has not had an engine block change should I just give it a miss?

What else should I look for?

It's a P Reg(1997) and he wants around £1700 for it, seems quite cheap to me, but would appreciate anyone elses views.

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i think u have a nikasil block! should i worry at all?
Not sure you what you mean. :confused

However I have read up a lot on this engine issue and I can see why Ronnie says to give any engine a miss that has not had the block changed. However there are lots of cars out there that have not had the block changed and are running fine and have no compression issues.

I will get the engine number and give BMW a call on Mondat to see if the block has been changed.
 

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Well I have seen the motor and it is not the one for me, not been looked after, far to much work for the money. Test drive went well, apart from when we got back and opened the bonnet and smoke came out and it smelt of oil burning, not good.
 

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Well I have seen the motor and it is not the one for me, not been looked after, far to much work for the money. Test drive went well, apart from when we got back and opened the bonnet and smoke came out and it smelt of oil burning, not good.
Take your time, if you go for the first one you see you will invariably get a lemon, it may take a while but you will end up with a nice one, it's a buyers market
 

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my 328i is for sale if u want a look. its in the for sale/wanted section on the forum!!!
 

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I do wish people would calm down on the Nikasil panic.
For one, did e46's m52b28tu even come with Nikasil liners? I thought in the 46 they were all steel lined.
Secondly, yes it is a good idea to know about Nikasil issues and go to a sale informed with the facts and what to look out for but not every Nikasil motor has issues. In fact the vast majority dont. Its just you only get to see the people with issues popping up on internet forums, not the other way round.
Im on my second Nikasil engined 328i. First had done 126k when I sold it. No issues, no oil or water use and no compression loss. My current car has 130k and is the same.
If you know what to look for and find a car that is fine now it has been years since the petrol that affected the cars has been on the market so chances are high all will be fine.
 

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I do wish people would calm down on the Nikasil panic.
For one, did e46's m52b28tu even come with Nikasil liners? I thought in the 46 they were all steel lined.
Secondly, yes it is a good idea to know about Nikasil issues and go to a sale informed with the facts and what to look out for but not every Nikasil motor has issues. In fact the vast majority dont. Its just you only get to see the people with issues popping up on internet forums, not the other way round.
Im on my second Nikasil engined 328i. First had done 126k when I sold it. No issues, no oil or water use and no compression loss. My current car has 130k and is the same.
If you know what to look for and find a car that is fine now it has been years since the petrol that affected the cars has been on the market so chances are high all will be fine.
I'm new to BMW's and the advice seems to be, stay well clear.
 

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I am on my 14th BMW which include two long term Nikasil engined ones and Im telling you not to believe everything you hear.

Armed with the correct knowledge on what to look out for you can use the fact the car has a Nikasil block as good bargaining tool to get a bargain. Not only does your newly found knowledge help you find a good car, it makes you look clever and bag a bargain.

Actually due to this thread I have posted a poll for Nikasil owners on the e36 forum. Results are coming in at the moment but it is swinging two thirds no issues to 1 third with so far. I shall update once its been going a bit longer.
Im betting none of those with issues knew what to look out for when they bought their car btw.
 

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Having worked at a BMW specialists I've seen Nikasil problems come in long after the high sulphur fuel problem went out the window, it's always good to know what you may be getting into as if you do intend to keep the car for a very long time then chances are you will be unlucky :frown

Even BMW knew of the on going problems hence why they sold the blocks with crank, pistons e.t.c for such a low price for quite a while, my old boss purposely bought 2 blocks cheap before they went back up to full price :rofl

He still has one now :hihi
 

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I have still got posts coming in and still showing about 2/3rds no issues to 1/3 with. I have also asked people who have had issues if they knew about what to look out for previous to their purchase and so far only one did iirc.

It is a common question over there as obv a lot of e36s were 323 or 328. This would hopefuly provide a unbiased fair answer to some of those questions.

Of course it also means I have probably jinxed my luck with Nikasil cars and mine will fail this week lol.


http://www.bmwowner.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=149262
 

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do what i did and buy a mint example cheaply from a friend ;)
A bit off topic but does anyone think £4k for a 42k 328i is overpriced?
 
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