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      12-28-2012, 10:51 AM   #23
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We have had two 325 d since 2007 and not one single engine related problem six cal lovely and quiet and super smooth gets my vote around 35mpg urban driven and 42 on a run
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      12-29-2012, 05:51 AM   #24
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Might be an idea to post the reg number somewhere on here,to give forum members the heads up should anyone decide to look at it!!!
You are probably right getting shot of it to a dealer a private buyer could just cause you even more stress!.Good luck with whatever you choose.
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      12-29-2012, 06:01 PM   #25
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Unfortunately not,i only joined after i got the car, wont ever make that mistake again. Serves me right for not doing my research.

Is the 320d or 325d a reliable engine? Slightly better running costs than the 330d or 335d.
I think the 325d is a detuned 330d so guessing it would be as reliable as the 330d. Dont know about the 320d.
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      12-31-2012, 02:49 AM   #26
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Go for the 325d. I wouldn't entertain a 320d what with the turbo unreliabilities.

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      12-31-2012, 02:56 AM   #27
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Doesn't seem like too bad of a loss considering the amount of $ you'll need to put into repairs in the future..looks like you got a lemon though. Good luck with your next car
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      12-31-2012, 04:09 AM   #28
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Real shame you've had such bad problems, though I've a mate who's had pretty much the same problems with his petrol 118i.

Diesels seem that bit more reliable but there's also the dependency of whether you do a lot of short distance trips over buying another petrol car of course.

Some 320d's have experienced turbo issues, but buy the right one and I dont think you;d have to worry - I've heard reports of 150k plus on the same turbo, its the chance you take with all turbo cars imo.
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      12-31-2012, 04:31 AM   #29
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I think the 325d is a detuned 330d so guessing it would be as reliable as the 330d. Dont know about the 320d.
Only the newer (post lci I think) ones. The older ones are different. The good thing about the newer ones is that a remap can take you to mapped 330d power (circa 290-300).
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      12-31-2012, 05:54 AM   #30
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Only the newer (post lci I think) ones. The older ones are different. The good thing about the newer ones is that a remap can take you to mapped 330d power (circa 290-300).
Post 2010 325d's have the same N57 engine as the 330d. LCi 325d's up to this point used the older M57 engine.

As a note, its not all plain sailing with the newer N57 engine. My early LCi 330d has suffered timing chain rattle, which resulted in an engine and gearbox out of vehicle repair!
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      12-31-2012, 07:13 AM   #31
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      12-31-2012, 08:13 AM   #32
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If its any conciliation, I've had/have two 330d's (pre-LCI and LCI) and had no problems whatsoever with reliability.
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      12-31-2012, 01:26 PM   #33
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Which engine is it that suffers with the timing chain snapping causing destruction of the entire engine?

Will a circa 2008 pre lci 320d suffer with injectors or anything like that? or is just a case of the usual turbo going. Are these engine good for 150k if fully maintained? Just wondering as there seems plenty for sale with 50-60k on the clock but anything with 30k or less is at a very high premium.
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      02-01-2013, 01:57 PM   #34
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Have you found anything to replace it shortie?
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      02-01-2013, 03:18 PM   #36
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Have you found anything to replace it shortie?
No not yet mate, cheque will clear wednesday as the dealers were being A***holes claiming they cannot do a bank transfer. So im on the motorbike until then. Least it gives me a few days to keep looking
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If its any conciliation, I've had/have two 330d's (pre-LCI and LCI) and had no problems whatsoever with reliability.
"consolation" perhaps!!
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      02-01-2013, 05:15 PM   #38
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I'm sure you will find a nice 330d that suits you shortly

If not you could always look at a C-Class or A4/A6 - couple of options there but 330d will always give you a more enjoyable and rounded ownership experience at that price point.
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I'm sure you will find a nice 330d that suits you shortly

If not you could always look at a C-Class or A4/A6 - couple of options there but 330d will always give you a more enjoyable and rounded ownership experience at that price point.
I've got a new c class and the build quality is frankly shocking.. So.. What's today's new squeak/rattle going to be, sunroof, steering column, maybe back seat, maybe front seat. Thank god it's on a lease!
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I've got a new c class and the build quality is frankly shocking.. So.. What's today's new squeak/rattle going to be, sunroof, steering column, maybe back seat, maybe front seat. Thank god it's on a lease!
That does not sound good
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or go for something totally different, Focus RS or tuned ST My ST made 320bhp and never failed me once. I drove that thing hard as well.
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I've got a new c class and the build quality is frankly shocking.. So.. What's today's new squeak/rattle going to be, sunroof, steering column, maybe back seat, maybe front seat. Thank god it's on a lease!
That does not sound good
It makes up for it in other ways but I've had 4 BMWs and this Merc is by far and away the worse car for build quality. It's done 3500 miles and squeaks and rattles line a 10 year old Clio. It has got very hard suspension but so did my Integra R and that didn't have any trim issues. My 10 year old 325i sport has no trim rattles whatsoever.
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or go for something totally different, Focus RS or tuned ST My ST made 320bhp and never failed me once. I drove that thing hard as well.
A ford or peugeot or vauxhall just feels like a backwards step after owning a BMW, even if it wasn't reliable lol
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