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E90 320d, 325i - advice needed
14-09-2018, 09:17 AM
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E90 320d, 325i - advice needed
Hi guys,

I am currently in the market for a family sedan with some decent power. I know these 2 are chalk and cheese in terms of engines, but they have both become options.

I do fairly low mileage per year, under 10 000kms, and my daily route to work is about 20kms (there and back). I know this may not be ideal for a diesel but the petrol price is out of control.

The 2 cars I am planning on going to view tomorrow.

2011 320d manual, 157000kms

2008 325i auto, 128000kms

My fear with the 320d is the potential timing chain / tensioner issues. Not sure which year models are safer or what VIN ranges may or may not have this problem. Did BMWSA have a recall for this? And with the constant short journeys, is the car going to suffer even more (injectors, dpf, turbo, etc)

Then with the 325i, im not too keen on the auto box and I've read some scary consumption figures (like 14L/100). Also some guys have had issues with injectors, fuel pumps,etc. I seem to feel the 325i would be more reliable though.

Fuel consumption is not exactly a deal breaker, but if we heading for R20/Liter soon then the petrol 6 cyl might be a bit of a bad move (for me).

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

PS: I cant afford a 330i or 330d Sorry
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14-09-2018, 09:27 AM
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RE: E90 320d, 325i - advice needed
No choice, 320d, and 2011 will be the LCI model. Decent power and great torque with fantastic consumption. Just do the gearbox service, assuming its an auto, change the damper pulley and belts and you good to go. No brainer. Thumbs
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14-09-2018, 09:30 AM
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RE: E90 320d, 325i - advice needed
I would go the 320D route as well. The LCI is beautiful

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14-09-2018, 09:32 AM
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RE: E90 320d, 325i - advice needed
(14-09-2018 09:27 AM)yush1 Wrote:  No choice, 320d, and 2011 will be the LCI model. Decent power and great torque with fantastic consumption. Just do the gearbox service, assuming its an auto, change the damper pulley and belts and you good to go. No brainer. Thumbs

Thanks. Its LCI but manual.

WRT the damper pulley and belts, at what intervals are they meant to be changed or is this more of a preventative measure?
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14-09-2018, 09:33 AM
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RE: E90 320d, 325i - advice needed
(14-09-2018 09:27 AM)yush1 Wrote:  No choice, 320d, and 2011 will be the LCI model. Decent power and great torque with fantastic consumption. Just do the gearbox service, assuming its an auto, change the damper pulley and belts and you good to go. No brainer. Thumbs

Owned a 320d LCI for 5 years. Its the perfect daily. I would get a auto tho, the diesels auto is smoother & much more enjoyable to drive.

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14-09-2018, 09:34 AM
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RE: E90 320d, 325i - advice needed
You can view my showroom thread. I've posted everything that I've done on my 325i in terms of issues and maintenance. I've included prices as well.

I would suggest the 320d if your trips are 20km like you have said. You will appreciate the torque and consumption on the diesel.

The 325i is very heavy on fuel in the city runs.

On the open roads its decent. I get about 550-600km per tank. If you want to have some fun though you can expect that figure to almost halve itself.

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14-09-2018, 09:39 AM
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RE: E90 320d, 325i - advice needed
Thanks a lot guys!

Any info or advice regarding the timing chain / tensioner issues
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14-09-2018, 09:53 AM
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RE: E90 320d, 325i - advice needed
(14-09-2018 09:39 AM)trinomic Wrote:  Thanks a lot guys!

Any info or advice regarding the timing chain / tensioner issues


I am not necessarily convinced that this timing chain issue is as massive as Google makes it seem. We do have one forum member with a 23d X1 that had a timing chain failure,but I don't know of too many other cases.

The 320d LCI is by FAR the better option imo. They are extremely reliable and within you 10km commute to work,the car should reach operating temperature,so you shouldn't have any issues with reliability. These cars are really a pleasure to drive due to the torque and it should return more or less 80-90% better fuel consumption than the 325i.The diesel would definitely be the way to go.

The crank dampening pulley needs to be replaced at about 150000km,so just make sure that you budget for it when buying the car or that it was perhaps done by the previous owner already.

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14-09-2018, 09:56 AM
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RE: E90 320d, 325i - advice needed
Thank you all for the input, definitely leaning toward the diesel Thumbs
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14-09-2018, 10:02 AM
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RE: E90 320d, 325i - advice needed
go with the diesel mate, the petrols are alot heavier on fuel for daily use and for no good reason either Thumbs

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14-09-2018, 10:10 AM
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RE: E90 320d, 325i - advice needed
320d would be my pick... Our E90 325i didn't give us too many issues in the 130k km's we had it for but it was heavy on fuel and slow and we had one case where the timing chain slipped and the car wouldn't start... repaired it and sold it after that..
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14-09-2018, 10:16 AM (This post was last modified: 14-09-2018 10:19 AM by Avi135.)
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RE: E90 320d, 325i - advice needed
There is probably quite a large price difference between a 325i 2008 and a 320d 2011. I would say, LCI is the way to go and weigh up whether it is worth spending the extra for the diesel up front and paying less for fuel.

This is going to be your daily so the diesel is more sensible. The 325i is relatively low maintenance though. You will be surprised at what price the 330i will be available for. I think there might be one on the forum for sale. Will see if I can find a link.

Edit: Nope I see its sold. Was advertised for R105k with 125k km on the clock. 2005 model though

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