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Old 26th February 2018, 04:09 PM   #481
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What other factors are causing actuators failure? I know failures occur under a lot of different mileages, is it dependent on how it has been driven? Im looking at a car that has had both replaced and has only done 35000 miles. Should i be concerned?
Your gears will be fine at that mileage. The boards seem to last about 6-8 years so nothing to worry about for quite a while.
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Old 27th February 2018, 12:15 AM   #482
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Spark plugs or coil packs there i'll wager, my old e92 330i did the same, cylinder 5 coil pack went and it turned into a shuddering misfire, no fault codes present either.
Ok replaced plugs (what a carry-on)! Problem gone😁..old plugs looked fine to me🤔..... these cars aint no mk2 escort to work on!
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Old 27th February 2018, 08:29 AM   #483
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Ok replaced plugs (what a carry-on)! Problem gone😁..old plugs looked fine to me🤔..... these cars aint no mk2 escort to work on!
I’ve still got a couple of these coil pullers left if you need to do your plugs again.

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Old 28th February 2018, 12:21 AM   #484
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Looks ideal for the job alpina!!
I used 5mm twine! Lol they’ve gotta good grip, took some pulling out🙈
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Old 11th May 2018, 12:25 PM   #485
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Is this something to look out for as i'm going to view a 2012 20,000 mile m3 tomorrow (although approved used, more the boards than the gears).
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Old 21st May 2018, 02:41 PM   #486
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Is this something to look out for as i'm going to view a 2012 20,000 mile m3 tomorrow (although approved used, more the boards than the gears).
Approved used means other than inconvenience you are covered free of charge.

Mine is currently in my local dealers, having bank 1 actuator replaced, 2009 model with a mileage of 67k. My cars symptoms just happened suddenly on a downshift, I pulled over turned the engine off and it cleared itself, however I scanned the car and the code was still present. I booked it in straight away, luckily my car was due in anyway as I have a vehicle check service, brake fluid change and the recalls being done.

If I was out of warranty though this would not be an issue that puts me off the car at all, there is a permanent fix for this issue for not unreasonable money. I wish BMW would just use rebuild.org.uk as it would cost them half the money and BOTH throttle actuators would be replaced with superior units. I fully expect my other throttle actuator to fail in the next few months (will still be under warranty) I just hope it happens when I am not turfing through Wales or The Highlands on a road trip. The reduced power is no joke, feels like the car has about 25bhp.
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Spark plugs or coil packs there i'll wager, my old e92 330i did the same, cylinder 5 coil pack went and it turned into a shuddering misfire, no fault codes present either.
Yip you were on the money!!
Hooked her up & she was showing misfire on cylinder 6!.... replaced coil pack & she’s A1👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼 In love with her again lol😁cheers guys👍🏼
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