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Old 05-09-2013, 12:53 PM
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Looking at 2007 328i - Any issues

Hello,

Looking at buying 2007 328i with 80k miles, manual.
Anything in particular I should look at given the experience? It would be first BMW for me, so not a clue what I should check. Searching the forum doesn't seem to help, I may be using wrong terms.
I am aware of the HVA issue and sounds like it will be hard to detect, requires a cold start.
Thank you!
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Old 05-09-2013, 01:01 PM
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Check the price of tires, and expect that you're going to have to replace them every 20k miles or less. Some people switch to regular not run-flat tires to save money.

Also, the N52 engine in that car has a metallic tick sometimes when the valve lifters get sticky (due to poor cylinder head design). Not a functional problem, just annoying for some people.
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Old 05-09-2013, 01:20 PM
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Cool thank you!
Looks like I can run the same tires I do on my car right now:
http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires....omCompare1=yes
Also, sounds like the HVA issue you are referring to the valve tic... It's also a PITA to get BMW to conform to the internal TSA, but possible nonetheless.
In general, is it expected that these later BMW models much less reliable than the good ol' ones? Would 80K miles scare you?
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Old 05-09-2013, 06:33 PM
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Cool thank you!
Looks like I can run the same tires I do on my car right now:
http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires....omCompare1=yes
Also, sounds like the HVA issue you are referring to the valve tic... It's also a PITA to get BMW to conform to the internal TSA, but possible nonetheless.
In general, is it expected that these later BMW models much less reliable than the good ol' ones? Would 80K miles scare you?
I just sold my 2007 328 coupe a couple weeks ago. It was pretty reliable for me, but the regular maintenance was pretty high. Even using my Indy shop, I was averaged $175/mo in maint/repairs not including tires. I did do proactive things like transmission and differential fluid, coolant flush, etc. I would definitely do the trans/dif oil if you buy it and plan to keep it for a while. Expensive non-maintenance items for me were O2 sensors, acc belt tensioner, and VANOS solenoid replacements.

The valve tick only happened for me when I went on lots of short trips with a cold engine. I work only 3 miles from home, so I almost always had the problem. 15-30min on the freeway would be enough to banish the annoying sound for a while. I never tried to see if BMW would fix it.
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Old 05-09-2013, 07:15 PM
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Check the price of tires, and expect that you're going to have to replace them every 20k miles or less. Some people switch to regular not run-flat tires to save money.

Also, the N52 engine in that car has a metallic tick sometimes when the valve lifters get sticky (due to poor cylinder head design). Not a functional problem, just annoying for some people.
No way will he have to replace RFT's every 20K miles. Only true if they are summer tires. The RFT's on my leased 2008 had 39K miles at lease end. They were within BMW's specs for a returned car.
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Old 05-09-2013, 09:06 PM
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Ah, yeah that could be true. I had the sport package, had offset figment, and always used summer performance tires. Good point!
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Head Bolt and Valve cover breakage

Head Bolt and Valve cover breakage
has been an issue on the N52 engine how widespread I don' t know.
There are threads on it you can look them up.
the car was cheapened in 2010 but it's mostly small stuff like interior materials
seat back nets etc..

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Old 05-10-2013, 05:41 AM
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I just sold my 2007 328 coupe a couple weeks ago. It was pretty reliable for me, but the regular maintenance was pretty high. Even using my Indy shop, I was averaged $175/mo in maint/repairs not including tires. I did do proactive things like transmission and differential fluid, coolant flush, etc. I would definitely do the trans/dif oil if you buy it and plan to keep it for a while. Expensive non-maintenance items for me were O2 sensors, acc belt tensioner, and VANOS solenoid replacements.

The valve tick only happened for me when I went on lots of short trips with a cold engine. I work only 3 miles from home, so I almost always had the problem. 15-30min on the freeway would be enough to banish the annoying sound for a while. I never tried to see if BMW would fix it.
Wow that sounds like a lot of maintenance for a car.
It will be a big transition from my 2003 Rsx S. It now has 160K and I only had to replace O2 sensor, tires, struts, engine mount. Never left me stranded.
I always dreamed to own a BMW and the I6 engine gets me excited...
Can anyone direct me to the maintenance manual, maybe one floating around among members? Would like to see how hard would be to replace water pump, belt, etc.
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Old 05-10-2013, 05:46 AM
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Oh and here's the car Craig's

Was thinking of offering 13,000 max. Fair?
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Old 05-15-2013, 07:27 AM
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So looking at a 2006 330i (manual) with 65k miles. Dealer asking 15.9K.
Before I test drive, there are a few questions as I am still largely confused:
1. Does the water pump really need to be replaced every 50K miles or the new design lasts much longer?
2. "Coding"? I read about it here and there, software update, can that be done on my own? Or I have to pay stealership?
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Hello,

Looking at buying 2007 328i with 80k miles, manual.
Anything in particular I should look at given the experience? It would be first BMW for me, so not a clue what I should check. Searching the forum doesn't seem to help, I may be using wrong terms.
I am aware of the HVA issue and sounds like it will be hard to detect, requires a cold start.
Thank you!

What is a HVA?
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Old 05-15-2013, 07:46 AM
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What is a HVA?
Hydraulic Valve Adjuster problems - from wikipedia...
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Old 05-24-2013, 05:13 AM
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Looking at 2006 330i now, dealer claims it has sport package. What's the easiest way to confirm this? After searching, seems the seats are a give-away. Where would I find any pics?
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Old 05-24-2013, 05:32 AM
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answered my own question...


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Old 05-24-2013, 07:58 AM
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One check you might make is to shut the motor off and leave the ignition on. If a "Low Battery" symbol comes on after about one minute, there is and electrical issue which could be simply an undercharged low battery Or it could be a failing battery ($400 when properly installed by a dealer), bad alternator ($1,000), or a bad IBS (Intelligent Battery Sensor) or JBE (Junction Box Electronics) - all of which were replaced on my '07.

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Bought my 07 328i sport last year round august. So far so good for me. Has about 77k on the dash as of now. Been really pleased with it thus far.
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Old 12-20-2013, 05:31 PM
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Been a while since I posted here.
Checking out a private sale for a 2006 325i, very basic model.
My only concern is the wheels, they are truly hideous.
From pics, looks like they are style 156:


My question, is it fairly common to find used OEM wheels of different style?
For example, I love 197, 162. But anything really. How much would one expect to pay for a set?


Thanks a lot.
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