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BMW 318i Common Problems?

Discussion in 'Other Car/Van Related Technical Information Required / Provided' started by steve barnes, Aug 15, 2016.

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    steve barnes Well-Known Member

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    Looking at buying a 2007 BMW 318i next couple of weeks, have my eye on a couple nice examples but both just over 100,000 miles. Just wondering what the common problems are with these?
    Originally i was looking at the 320d but see these are hit and miss with catastrophic chain failure, and can't justify a potential £5000 repair bill for a £3500 car.

    I read about fuel injectors failing and swirl flap problems can anyone here confirm these and how common they are? What are the more reliable models?

    Thanks.
     
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    Fred Bassett Super Moderator Staff / Moderator VxON Club Member VxON Approved Trader

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    My son in law had a 318ci on 2002. Recorded mileage of 127,000 , car came with a massive service history , complete with every receipt for every spend . Problems he encountered after 6 months . Vacuum pump failed , traction control started playing up & steering started to cause problems & he suffered from cutting out . Our local mechanic @ our garage knows the bmw inside & out & his on his 5th one , he said it's the electronics that can cause headaches .
     
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    Indicators not working are a well know issue with them :D
     
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    Thanks for the replies, i guess i can live with electronic problems as they're relatively cheap to fix with the right equipment, it's the mechanical parts that cost on these engines from what i'm reading i've seen ECU and lock sets for £200 for this model which is fairly cheap. The one i'm looking at has 13 stamps and is immaculate inside and out, however the garage are advertizing with the plates off so can't check mot history which raises my suspicions a bit. It does come with 12 months mot and 3 months parts and labour warranty but even then it's a bit of a gamble.

    I was looking at insignias and astras originally but don't like the dash on the pre 2010 astra's, the insignias i looked at were 2010 models going for around £3,999 but none locally. Also looked at audi A4 S-Line as they have come down in price also. If they did an astra with the H body and J interior i'd be happy. I can't believe the depreciation on these BMW's £25,000 for a base model in 2007, and now going for <£4000
     
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    That age of BMW has a very bleak dash in my view, seems very empty.
     
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    Mechanically they ain't too bad if you keep on top of them , cam belt changes for instance , you need to take it to someone who knows their little quirks , just like any other car parts wear out , but you can source some parts really cheap , surprisingly . Watch the front & rear arches for rust . On the electronics side things like the moving headlights can flag up faults on the display , headlight bulbs are a pain , but thankfully you can get the headlight units out without removing the bumper by removing the end fixings & a bit of a pull & grab & out the units come.
     
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    That's what i liked about it, less to go wrong.lol
     
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    Go for it , you have my permission lol ........ & if it turns out to be a lemon ? I'm deep in cave somewhere north of Afghanistan :D uncontactable !
     
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    Are the engines chain or belt driven on these? The 320d i looked at was chain driven but it's right against the firewall and engine out job to change, being a diy'er this would put me off big time, it was bad enough on the laguna mk2 changing the water pump, that was a task and a half. Must admit some of the parts can be bought for vauxhall prices such as headlights for around £70, but the lumps are mega bucks to replace. Gotta wait a couple weeks for money to come through, but hopefully i'll find a good buy, just wanted something nice i can drive around without the kids wrecking it. Would've like a diesel model to save on fuel but not really bothered about it prefer petrol engines to work on.
     
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    If it's the E46 318i it's a timing chain arrangement , as far as i know it's been pretty reliable .
     
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