Originally Posted by bmwak
In my opinion, if you take the gearbox out, you might as well replace it for piece of mind and at 50k, there is probably some wear to it, so you will renew its life.
As an example, my old VW Polo needed to have its gearbox refurbished so the gearbox and clutch was removed. After it was done, the garage refitted the old clutch as it only had 45k miles and was in good condition. However, I found that the clutch release bearing started to make a noise and therefore had to opt for a brand new clutch kit to fix. In the long run it cost me more to put right than just changing it while the box was out. From my experience, once things are disturbed then can go wrong or loosen up, so as a matter of course, I always try to replace bits for piece of mind (where expensive labour costs are concerned). You should be able to pick up a LUK clutch kit for £250 for a 320d (I think a genuine one - which is probably the better option as it cures the judder issue if you have it - is £350ish here in the UK, from what my dealer told me when mine was done under warranty)
Good luck in finding the problem mate!
Well...I meant to write sooner but had no time. Last Monday I took the car to the workshop and lo and behold....it was the DMF (image attached - bearing is off centred). It had gone off from the centre bearing.
Got it replaced as well as the clutch for €880 inc work...which is not bad I think. Didn't feel like spending them but what the hell can you do. Now the car feels smoother than ever. Before the fix, the car used to judder when pulling out on 1st gear...especially on hills. Even with the CDV removed, it still juddered. Now it's as smooth as silk. So the problem was there...I just accentuated it when I pulled out a little strongly. Now I am a happy soul again...albeit 880 euro poorer.
Thanks to all