second hand bmw advice please!

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Found 18th May 2009
i am thinking of buying a 2001 bmw 320d tourer estate and i'm looking for advice on common faults etc. that i should look for. appreciate any help i can get. thanks

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With the 2l diesel engine, the turbo has a habit of failing (blowing up) once the mileage starts getting high. Check the paperwork to see if this has ever been replaced. If it has not make sure you can feel it kick in at about 2500 - 3000rpm. Better to ask on an owners forum to be honest. They will know all the nagging, expensive faults to look for.

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any idea where i can find an owners forum?

soft cylinder heads aswell as dodgy turbos - avoid like the plague - sorry!!!

All the ones ive seen of this age seem to have poor bodywork, so pay extra atention to one that seems in very good order on the wings, sills etc. Look for signs of being sprayed.

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texfitz;5250070

soft cylinder heads aswell as dodgy turbos - avoid like the plague - … soft cylinder heads aswell as dodgy turbos - avoid like the plague - sorry!!!



how would i check the cylinder head? i can only really check the oil for water.

don hedron;5250148

how would i check the cylinder head? i can only really check the oil for … how would i check the cylinder head? i can only really check the oil for water.



You can't. The heads only really have problems once they've overheated.

Just be sure the temp doesn't go over halfway. And listen for a whistly turbo.

forum.e46fanatics.com/

May be of some interest.
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