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15-05-2018, 02:22 PM
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car E90 320i
Yes yes I know this is not the most exciting thread and people really just look away at anything e90 320i. We even have a thread to comfort people that own them but...

Have we ever heard from them?

Have they ever shared their stories through ownership?

Is it as bad as it is made out to be?

Do they regret buying this vehicle and ever wish they can redo the process and change to something else?


I only know @Nick and @Riyaad on the forum that have the cars and I have never heard any complains or regrets from them.

Tell us owners, Few weeks, months or years later... are you still in love and happy with your decision?

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15-05-2018, 02:34 PM
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RE: E90 320i
Coming from two Toyota Hilux double cabs (one petrol one diesel) to the e90 320i was a nice entry into the BMW stable and proved to be a very good move when my business environment changed and forced me out of the Hilux. I must add that I do miss the Hilux as our lifestyle has had to adapt.

Honestly never thought I would own a BM!

I have done roughly 100K km in the 30 months I have owned it and must say that I am now hooked on their comfort and affordable cost of ownership.

Yes she is sluggish and not the most fuel efficient, but she is still enjoyable to drive.

So much so that i am now looking out for a 320d auto to replace this one withy towards the end of the year. But the it will have to e the F30.
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15-05-2018, 02:48 PM
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RE: E90 320i
I think you meant @Riaad ...

Anyway, I've owned an e90 320i before. Didn't keep it long enough to post a review that would be worthy to read.

Keen to hear the stories

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15-05-2018, 02:51 PM (This post was last modified: 15-05-2018 02:56 PM by KPM_330.)
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RE: E90 320i
Personally, dealing with the e90 320i for over 4 years (2011 LCI Exclusive), it just isn't worth the cost of maintenance on average... The cost of maintenance is heavily dependent on the mileage and service/care under the previous owner/s but I can't justify this car to anyone as a bona-fide petrol-head. Valve stem seal issues, the valve-tronic unit packed up, all of the gaskets needed to be replaced, as well as some other items. The engines that I have heard all sound rather noisy (>100k in mileage), I am sure lower mileage examples need less maintenance.

The e90 is a heavy chassis and the motor itself isn't remotely powerful, that is where the problem lies. Given the performance (you need to calculate your overtaking maneuvers carefully), I personally didn't feel the car justified the money spent and the fuel consumption was equivalent to my 335i (both are auto). Go test drive one and decide if you can live with it on a daily basis, as an only car (if this will be the case).

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15-05-2018, 02:51 PM
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RE: E90 320i
(15-05-2018 02:22 PM)Dirtydeedsman Wrote:  Yes yes I know this is not the most exciting thread and people really just look away at anything e90 320i. We even have a thread to comfort people that own them but...

Have we ever heard from them?

We lurk in the shadows.

Have they ever shared their stories through ownership?

No one wants to hear about how many weeks it took to reach the speed limit.

Is it as bad as it is made out to be?

As an appliance? Not at all. 2 years and 70000km later, it still performs admirably. Regular maintenance with only one "lets call a flatbed moment (alternator)" has meant this has been one of the more reliable cars around in the last few years.

Do they regret buying this vehicle and ever wish they can redo the process and change to something else?



Regret? Heh. Let me put it this way: What you save in speeding fines allows so much room for activities.


I only know @Nick and @Riyaad on the forum that have the cars and I have never heard any complains or regrets from them.

Tell us owners, Few weeks, months or years later... are you still in love and happy with your decision?

Happy is relative. Sometimes you want something more exciting to drive. Or wish you had more than 1km of straight road to overtake that truck. Other times you just want transport.

The E90 320i (Automatic, Non Msport)........... Decent transport

Also: https://www.bmwfanatics.co.za/showthread.php?tid=76665 smile bounce

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15-05-2018, 02:58 PM (This post was last modified: 15-05-2018 03:08 PM by DSC.)
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RE: E90 320i
Hi All

I had a bmw e90 320i . 2007 model . One of the most fuel efficient cars i have ever owned .

One day while at a t junction , waiting to cross , a youngster in a vtec races on the road approaching the t junction and a drunk guy in a ISuzu bakkie decides to try to beat him . The VTEC hits the bakkie just behind driver and the bin turns and heads towards the roof/front end and complete right side of my car . The car was bent and buckled , the VTEC driver rushed to hospital , the bakkie driver ran away . I was stuck in the car . The car caved , all airbags deployed but i walked out just shocked and without a scratch .

I think had it been another car i was toast .

Respect for Bmw safety and strength .

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15-05-2018, 03:09 PM
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RE: E90 320i
We are VERY focused on speed as the begining and end of everything, sure the n46 isnt very fast, and yes everything from a 1.2 turbo to a ferrari will leave us in the dust.

Look at it from a point of view of a person who doesnt earn 400k+ a year, the car is still a BMW, the same build spec as a 335i/330d its just not as quick.

Coming from driving Hyundai's all week, then getting into my 320 you can feel its just a better car in every single way.

In June ill have owned my car for 5 years, in that time i have serviced it every 10k, done a AC pump, 1 set of tyres and a Vbelt pulley.

She has NEVER broken down on me and it is fully paid for, she sits on 154k now and ill drive it untill the wheel fall off or i win the lotto.

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15-05-2018, 03:15 PM
Post: #8
RE: E90 320i
(15-05-2018 02:51 PM)KPM_330 Wrote:  I personally didn't feel the car justified the money spent and the fuel consumption was equivalent to my 335i (both are auto).

Did you say the 320i fuel consumption was almost the same as a 335i?

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15-05-2018, 03:17 PM
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RE: E90 320i
(15-05-2018 02:58 PM)DSC Wrote:  Hi All

I had a bmw e90 320i . 2007 model . One of the most fuel efficient cars i have ever owned .

One day while at a t junction , waiting to cross , a youngster in a vtec races on the road approaching the t junction and a drunk guy in a ISuzu bakkie decides to try to beat him . The VTEC hits the bakkie just behind driver and the bin turns and heads towards the roof/front end and complete right side of my car . The car was bent and buckled , the VTEC driver rushed to hospital , the bakkie driver ran away . I was stuck in the car . The car caved , all airbags deployed but i walked out just shocked and without a scratch .

I think had it been another car i was toast .

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15-05-2018, 03:17 PM
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RE: E90 320i
(15-05-2018 03:15 PM)Dirtydeedsman Wrote:  
(15-05-2018 02:51 PM)KPM_330 Wrote:  I personally didn't feel the car justified the money spent and the fuel consumption was equivalent to my 335i (both are auto).

Did you say the 320i fuel consumption was almost the same as a 335i?

That particular one, yes.

My 335i currently does around 11l/100km in mixed driving since it was last reset, that 320i did exactly the same over the 4 years. I am sure the manual is a fair bit lighter.

Big body + small engine = more fuel to get moving


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15-05-2018, 03:19 PM
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RE: E90 320i
my car does between 8.0l/100 and 9.0l/100 no matter how i drive.

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15-05-2018, 03:19 PM
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RE: E90 320i
Fuel consumption will both be the same if the cars weren't driven . smile bounce

impossible to be the same at any level of driving !
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15-05-2018, 03:24 PM (This post was last modified: 15-05-2018 03:26 PM by Ashiel.)
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RE: E90 320i
i am happy with my cars.

I have a 318i with the N46 motor, with 486k on the clock and a 2011 320i with 245k on the clock.

I have had relatively trouble free travels... had a fuel pump issue on the E90 at about 130k other than that it was just regular services.

The e46 had a bit more that gave up but with mileage like that, it is expected.

I have no regret when it comes to these cars, but a little more power on the daily would be great.

Just to note - the fuel consumption on both cars are at 8l/100km

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15-05-2018, 03:30 PM
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RE: E90 320i
My 320i currently has 205k kms on the clock.
Having owned it for the past 6 years i can say that its not very costly to maintain.
Oil has been changed at approx 8k kms since owning the car from abt 60k kms.
At 205k kms the valve stems seals still seem to be fine as there is no oil consumption or smoke.
Another problem experienced by other 320i owners is the clutch but mine has never been replaced and does not shudder at all.
I have replaced the valvetronic motor and a few other items but the rest has been general maintenance.

Yes its underpowered but still a good drive.

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15-05-2018, 03:31 PM
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RE: E90 320i
e90 320i (lci) - a very smooth, comfortable car to drive. Feels safe / solid, and is economical on fuel. On the downside it lacks power, has a fussy and sometimes confused ECU, and will have unusual mechanical issues throughout its lifespan. Nevertheless a pleasure to own. To be honest I think all e90 320i owners have mixed feelings about the car, but cannot part with it. It's like an under-achieving yet lovable child. Hammerhead

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15-05-2018, 03:32 PM
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RE: E90 320i
(15-05-2018 03:30 PM)Sheldon13 Wrote:  My 320i currently has 205k kms on the clock.
Having owned it for the past 6 years i can say that its not very costly to maintain.
Oil has been changed at approx 8k kms since owning the car from abt 60k kms.
At 205k kms the valve stems seals still seem to be fine as there is no oil consumption or smoke.
Another problem experienced by other 320i owners is the clutch but mine has never been replaced and does not shudder at all.
I have replaced the valvetronic motor and a few other items but the rest has been general maintenance.

Yes its underpowered but still a good drive.

Ahh yes iv done a valve tronic too, my car doesnt use oil either...

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15-05-2018, 03:36 PM (This post was last modified: 15-05-2018 03:38 PM by Sheldon13.)
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RE: E90 320i
(15-05-2018 03:32 PM)Nick Wrote:  
(15-05-2018 03:30 PM)Sheldon13 Wrote:  My 320i currently has 205k kms on the clock.
Having owned it for the past 6 years i can say that its not very costly to maintain.
Oil has been changed at approx 8k kms since owning the car from abt 60k kms.
At 205k kms the valve stems seals still seem to be fine as there is no oil consumption or smoke.
Another problem experienced by other 320i owners is the clutch but mine has never been replaced and does not shudder at all.
I have replaced the valvetronic motor and a few other items but the rest has been general maintenance.

Yes its underpowered but still a good drive.

Ahh yes iv done a valve tronic too, my car doesnt use oil either...

thats pretty normal at a certain mileage.
I guess if they are maintained well, like any other car, then there should be no serious issues and be extremely reliable.

And i have also done the thermostat, replaced the radiator and a few water pipes but thats regarded as maintenance.

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15-05-2018, 03:41 PM
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RE: E90 320i
Hmmm this looks nice

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15-05-2018, 04:29 PM
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RE: E90 320i
(15-05-2018 03:24 PM)Ashiel Wrote:  i am happy with my cars.

I have a 318i with the N46 motor, with 486k on the clock and a 2011 320i with 245k on the clock.

I have had relatively trouble free travels... had a fuel pump issue on the E90 at about 130k other than that it was just regular services.

The e46 had a bit more that gave up but with mileage like that, it is expected.

I have no regret when it comes to these cars, but a little more power on the daily would be great.

Just to note - the fuel consumption on both cars are at 8l/100km

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15-05-2018, 04:40 PM
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RE: E90 320i
My bro in law has one. 2011 6 spd manual. I used it quite a few times. Not as sluggish as I thought it would be. Once going it goes and never delayed me.

Fuel consumption excellent. But maybe cos its manual. I know of a buddy who has a 2007 auto and says it is very heavy on fuel.


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