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Old 2 Dec 2010, 12:08 (Ref:2798599)   #496
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The engine in the current 320d which is now producing 184bhp is the same engine that is in my BMW I am reliably informed by a good friend of mine who is a mechanic at my local BMW dealership. He said everything is identical, the engine, turbo, exhaust etc. As you may or may not know, BMW usually run their engines and turbos well inside the limits of their capabilites. The friend of mine who works at BMW has pretty much guarnteed me that there shouldnt be any problems with regards to turbo or engine life, providing I dont drive at 100% all the time, but that is the case with any turbo car.
all the same. just take it as a friendly pointer from someone closely associated with a garage who have seen a considerable number of exactly the same fault, and someone who sent their car to a bmw diesel specialist who said exactly the same thing, and that the engine shouldn't have survived the turbo failure. if we're going to name drop

i'm known for my kindness on tyres, brakes, engines, etc etc, and if i can't make a bmw 320d last longer than 180,000 on motorway miles then those who don't have the same degree of syncronicity would do well to bear in mind that the turbo failure is one that is almost always terminal for the whole block, and will cost you in the region of 3,000 to fix before you've changed the entire exhaust system and every single filter on the car to make sure you've cleared out all the rejected oil. and that's for the previous evolution of the engine. which is cheaper to replace.
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Old 2 Dec 2010, 12:21 (Ref:2798610)   #497
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It's all in the timing really isn't it?

On the plus side - when it is working it goes like a greased weasel.
Well that makes it a whole lot better

Do you slow down for car crashes?
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Old 2 Dec 2010, 14:03 (Ref:2798656)   #498
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all the same. just take it as a friendly pointer from someone closely associated with a garage who have seen a considerable number of exactly the same fault, and someone who sent their car to a bmw diesel specialist who said exactly the same thing, and that the engine shouldn't have survived the turbo failure. if we're going to name drop

i'm known for my kindness on tyres, brakes, engines, etc etc, and if i can't make a bmw 320d last longer than 180,000 on motorway miles then those who don't have the same degree of syncronicity would do well to bear in mind that the turbo failure is one that is almost always terminal for the whole block, and will cost you in the region of 3,000 to fix before you've changed the entire exhaust system and every single filter on the car to make sure you've cleared out all the rejected oil. and that's for the previous evolution of the engine. which is cheaper to replace.
Thank you for your concern, but it really isnt necessary. My car currently only has 33k on the clock and is serviced regularly by my local BMW dealership. As for driving styles, well I dont race around at 100mph, although that said I do generally use the best tyres and brakes available for my car. Im a professional driver myself Bella, and I do have some limited mechanical knowledge of cars and engines myself as it is part of the criteria for my job.
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Old 2 Dec 2010, 15:36 (Ref:2798681)   #499
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Mine or other peoples?
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Old 2 Dec 2010, 19:53 (Ref:2798806)   #500
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I have been reminded that I made the first reply to this thread but hadn't updated things with my latest motorcar (that I've owned for 18 months).



An E46 330i with an anti-socially loud exhaust and lowered suspension (after one of the standard springs broke and it was cheaper to buy 4x Eibachs than 2x BMW springs).

My earlier post mentioned my old Volvo was chipped, I see we've got back to that subject amid claims that going from 180bhp to 200bhp will see the imminent explosion of the engine. I'm not convinced that is the case. I suspect a lot of the feeling of extra power is actually just getting the existing power to come in more abruptly and doesn't stress the engine to any great degree. It might affect other items, my Volvo needed engine mounts changing at every service as the engine was trying to fit itself free.
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Old 3 Dec 2010, 12:30 (Ref:2799086)   #501
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no no no not the imminent explosion of the engine, i certainly wasn't implying that. it's just if the turbo is chronically prone to a smoky disastrous demise i'm not entirely sure of the wisdom of bringing it closer in any way to the limit of its tolerances. a turbo failing isn't the end of the world. the bit that is is the particular way in which the bmw engine chooses to lunch itself!

that said, i WILL be chipping my next car. considering the replacement parts for that are wayyyyy cheaper than the bmw has been and it's a lot less labour intensive to do anything to that particular engine than any form of maintenance on the bmw 2 litre one my team of willing spanners are far more comfortable with fixing it.

those wheels look excellent by the way!
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Old 3 Dec 2010, 15:32 (Ref:2799157)   #502
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Never spotted this thread before, nice to see what a range of cars are owned by 10 Tenth members!

My contribution to the thread, my Subaru Impreza STi Type UK PPP (try saying that after a few beers! ):



Cosmetically standard bar the mudflaps and window tints, engine is virtually standard (a little over 300 horses), suspension, ARB's and brakes have all been lightly tweaked.

Wanted an Impreza for almost 10 years, finally got one last June and absolutely love it!
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Old 15 Jan 2011, 09:37 (Ref:2816010)   #503
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I do love a scooby! That looks nice mate!
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Old 15 Jan 2011, 09:39 (Ref:2816012)   #504
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Actually, Ive done a bit of work to mine since the last time I posted so might as well put a pic up, its been lowered, wheels refurbed etc. Still needs a clean though.

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Great to see such a diverse mixture of cars owned & driven by forum members.

As a fan of 80's BMW's I have owned a few early M535i's but now the kids have flown the nest I have an e21 323i. Although the standard 323 is a nice enough car I have fitted an Alpina spec 2.7 engine and later injection, uprated the suspension and inside there's leather Recaros & decent ICE. The bodyshell was totally restored just before I bought the car 2 years ago so there's no rust either. Better than that, there's no depreciation either!
My wife used to drive an 02 VW Passat but she's sold that before it became worthless and bought herself a 2002tii instead. It might hail from 1974 but it still gets used everyday and the only concession to modern motoring has been a 5 speed gearbox.
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Old 31 Jan 2011, 09:12 (Ref:2823100)   #506
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I have been a meber here for a while now but have only just found this thread. Now I have I guess I should add my car to the lists of other toys here in this thread. I love it to bits, a Lexus SC400 Limited. AKA a 'UZZ31' 4.0L V8 Toyota Soarer Limited.. I have had it for a couple of years now, and before that it took me 18months to find it. I was 'a fussy buyer'.

Its pretty clean and tidy considering its a 1992, but with only 95000kms on it now from new (backed by the history). its had a quiet life of weekend only use. The previous owner to me imported the car to Australia from Japan as they were never available in this spec outside Japan. Most of it's life was spent in a lockup in rural Japan where it was registered for weekend use only, hence the low mileage.

Although it has all the bells and whistles, It is basically pretty well standard 'Limited' spec, but that gives: full Leather, heated electric memory seats Premium (Nagamichi) sound system and DVD Multi Vision Computer thingy, 2 way sunroof, Traction Control (with an ON/Off switch) and height adjustable suspension. Switch off and the mirrors fold in, the steering wheel and seat automatically raise when you switch off for easier exit, and lower back to your memorised preference when you switch on. It has more electronic and computer stuff than I can mention, some of which I would never use but you get that. It has not one rattle or squeak, the build quality is unreal, and it is the most comfortable and pleasurable car to drive that I have ever owned.

Driving it is a pleasure.... it handles superbly for a heavy car, has brilliant brakes, and of course it certainly not lacking in performance.

Oh and as you can see its metallic British Racing Green.



The thing I like best is the all aluminium 4.0 litre Quad O/H Cam, 32 valve V8 that makes it hum along quite nicely. It will drive at city pace very happily but put your pedal to the metal and, as the bishop said to the actress, "It pulls like a Schoolboy".
Surprisingly perhaps it seems almost reasonable on petrol. (An easy 22mpg round town and 28+ on a high speed freeway run. It has a 250kph limiter on it. (Apparently)

Here are a few pics.....

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The colour will go nice with these.....I have a set of GeWalt Evolution 3 piece rims (18x8Fr and 18x9 rears) to go on (pic below) though it wont be until new rubber is required on the existing wheels that I can justify that.



It is quite big so no city car, but I tend not to drive in there during the day, as the station near me has a free all day car park, plus it costs me $3 on the train and takes 10 minutes into the city centre..... $3 wont even get me a parking meter for half an hour, if you can find one.

I dont do a huge mileage these days, maybe 8,000 klms per year at a stretch. It has never let me down (other than a flat battery once) Its old and maybe even outdated, but then I guess it get to us all in the end. No matter. I love it though (you may have gathered that by now!) and I have no plans to change it....

Unless I can find a similar condition UZZ32 Toyota Soarer Limited, which was same level of trim and engine etc but with an excellent Active Suspension and 4 wheel steering package as standard. Only 800 of them worldwide though.
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I have a theory about the early Lexuses that Toyota was committed to making it work & could not afford to fail, so threw extraordinary resources at the cars both in design and build, so the quality & longevity of these cars should be exceptional. Of course lack of maintenance can overcome a lot... In my 500 (1500?) car fantasy garage there would be room for one of the first Lexus LS400's.
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