I bought my 320D Touring (2004) and enjoyed the way it handled, the build quality and it's 47MPG, until the turbo went pop at 69,000 miles. My local garage (who are now fixing this, becuase BMW would cost me far too much) say that this is a common problem and they have dealt with three of these already. The new turbo has cost me £750+vat+fitting, just for the part and BMW wanted £1200 + vat for the part direct. A reconditioned turbo (not recommended) would cost about £500+vat, but I am informed that this would fail very quickly.
There are many articel about this on the net (search for 320D turbo and you'll see), so check it out before parting with the cash!
I just had to submit a review My 2001 reg 3 series (318se touring) has been nothing short of unreliable over the last 3 years .... even the AA sigh when I call them now . Its covered only 71k miles and has full bmw service history , and yet it suffered premature valve failure resulting in an engine replacement. BMW uk weren't interested in my plight. It took my dealer 4 months to find a faulty fuel pump relay when I first had the car , and in the 3 years I have owned it its been towed in no less than 8 times. Its a lovely car to drive and takes the everyday use a family can give it without falling apart , however I now doubt the ability of my dealers and dont trust the car mechanically . Shame on BMW , never again !
I had one of the last (july '05) 320d Sport Tourer's as a company car. I ran it for 25 months and 85,000 miles & overall loved it. I specced mine up with leather, bluetooth and the auto box. They are not the largest car inside & if you are tall, it leaves very little leg room in the back. Tyre wear was good (25k ish on the rears & 70k out of the fronts!) & servicving intervals were about 20k. The brake calipers seized, but this was covered by warranty, and it had an annoying exhaust rattle that the dealer never managed to sort. Oil consuption was good & so was fuel. If you go for the Sport model, make sure you are happy with the 18inch wheels - it makes the ride very hard & the steering/handling is affected by any adverse cambers etc. With hindsight, the 17 inch wheels would have been better, if not as good to look at! The auto 'box on this model is pretty outdated now, & there is a real hesitation at certain revs when changing & when pulling away at junctions. I ended up changing to a Passat Estate to get the room (baby bits!)but would love another!
I own the 2.2l 52 plate 5 speed auto. I am amazed at the handling and balance of this car, in any many ways its better than my much newer Golf V 4 Motion which surprised me somewhat. This car is used to get me to and from work on twisty country roads and then transport my family around during the weekends, its perfect for this and does what I need with great style. The petrol engine is super smooth with excellent gear changes. I don't use the tiptronic and sport modes much since the normal mode with kick down works well nearly all of the time. With used prices coming down this is a good buy.
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