On the path
- Mar 8, 2018
- Mar 8, 2018
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- What're you driving?
- 1996 BMW M3 Evo
- Colour Combo
- Techno Violet / Silver Grey
Yes I had a 525i LCI with the same N53 engine. Mine was an auto saloon and I would say avoid. A manual touring I would say 100% yes (I currently have a 330i touring manual).Does anyone have any experience with the e60 generation 530i - specifically with the LCI N53 engine? I have seen a manual touring that looks nice, but heared mixed opinions on reliability
I've also been looking at F31 335i (slim pickings) and more recently the 4 cylinder (20i/28i/30i). Hard to find the right spec and pricing very random (guess everything is a bit like that at the minute). Have seen a few that seem reasonable given the market.
E61 M Sport with a manual box is a winner though. As Hopz says most jobs will have been done I imagine
Thank for the heads up. That's even less cars to choose from then lol.Avoid the early 2.0 engines Raif, they suffer with timing chain issues unfortunately.
Look out for the B48 2.0 Petrol engines instead of the N20’s they came out at some point in the LCI models.
Trying to find a decent spec f31 these days is hard work, we picked ours based on spec and condition (it’s got amazing spec) but had to compromise on engine so we only have the 150 BHP 318d (it’s still a 2.0 diesel) it’s ample for a daily and it will be mapped to 200 BHP one day but all the toys make it the car it is.
Congrats on the purchase, can't go wrong with a 6 cylinder. 335i is definitely the preference (would love a 340i but the prices is so much higher than a 335i I can't justify the difference).The e61 Touring is on AT at the minute. Looks like a nice car for the money - £6700.
However I put down a deposit on a 2014 F31 Touring 335i. Not cheap but prices seem a bit crazy still and no sign they are settling down. Has a decent spec but not perfect. Haven't seen it in person yet so it may not live up to expectations.
Debating whether to get the BMW insured warranty for this, it has always been under warranty and is about £1000 a year for a full one. From what I have read the main issue with the n55 is water pump failure, it hasn't been done so potentially a warranty makes sense just for that. Having said that I have run Range Rovers, a Jaguar and a 7 series outside of warranty without worrying about it - maybe I am getting old and too cautious
Thank for the heads up. That's even less cars to choose from then lol.
BMW must have always let the fresh graduates design their 4 cylinder engines. They can't seem to get a timing chain system right
Which one was it mate. Do you have a link for the ad?Went to pick up the f31 335i Touring today, a 400 mile round trip. Looked good and drove great. But had an oil leak from the front of the engine and oil sprayed around. Had a full main dealer history and only serviced on Monday and nothing had been picked up. Anyway I decided not to go ahead as I had lost confidence.
It's the only one on AT, a mineral grey one in Surrey. Probably, I was being too picky. I assumed it needed oil filter housing gasket or cam cover gasket replacement. Before travelling down I spoke to the servicing department at the main dealer after it had a full service on Monday and they said no issues so was surprised to see oil down the front of the engine with some in the under tray. Pm me if you want any detailsWhich one was it mate. Do you have a link for the ad?
Oh I think I looked at that one already. Private sale with the big alloys fitted. His photos weren't great if I remember correctly. There was another grey one for sale at a dealer not far from here but the mileage was highIt's the only one on AT, a mineral grey one in Surrey. Probably, I was being too picky. I assumed it needed oil filter housing gasket or cam cover gasket replacement. Before travelling down I spoke to the servicing department at the main dealer after it had a full service on Monday and they said no issues so was surprised to see oil down the front of the engine with some in the under tray. Pm me if you want any details