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Hi hoping for some advice from some E60 owners.

We're hoping to get a 2008 520d but before we take the leap is there any common issues with these that we should be aware of? Previously had a 320d m sport and only ever had to replace the turbo at about 100k. Currently we've got an A4 which we agree was the worst buy ever and as we were stung with that we want to invest wisely this time. Any advice would be appreciated.

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As per your old 320d, replace the turbo breather filter every second oild service and the turbo wont go!

check the history to see when it was last changed, and if not then budget to do it straight away. I dont know if the swirl flaps are an issue in 08 cars or not?
 

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Hi Thanks for the replies. We had heard about the breather filter, but good to hear the other ones to look out for.
Cheers!
 

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My mechanic and another BMW specilist both told that swirl flaps are not an issue in an 08 520d (which I have), but I'm not convinced.Would be no harm to investigate further.My mech also told me the back suspension needs some work around 80-90k miles mark.
 

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Battery charging problems, the Intelligent Battery Sensor turns out to be not so intelligent. Parents seen this on on their E61. There is a recall though (and I dont think they ever got the notice, but their IBS did fail).
 

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Hi Guys thanks for the responses. We've heard that the swirl flaps are an issue on Automatic models. Hadn't heard of the IBS so thanks, and one that we're looking at has 90k so it's good to hear about the suspension issue.
 

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In relation to the Timing chain, how do you know you have a problem with it other then being told by a BMW dealer that there is a problem?
 

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If it has a main dealer history don't buy it ;)

My turbo failed, 2008 car with full main dealer history, the oil and filters need to be changed twice as often as recommended by BMW, the oil in my car was like treacle and the main oil filter was completely blocked, also, the pipe that feeds oil to the turbo was almost completely blocked.

A comprehensive warranty that is extendable is the only sure way of being sure you won't have any financial headaches.

Lovely car to drive though, especially the auto (IMO) and they are pretty ecconomical too.

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If it has a main dealer history don't buy it ;)

My turbo failed, 2008 car with full main dealer history, the oil and filters need to be changed twice as often as recommended by BMW, the oil in my car was like treacle and the main oil filter was completely blocked, also, the pipe that feeds oil to the turbo was almost completely blocked.

A comprehensive warranty that is extendable is the only sure way of being sure you won't have any financial headaches.

Lovely car to drive though, especially the auto (IMO) and they are pretty ecconomical too.

Richie.
Unless the owner did oil services inbetween ;)
 

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If it has a main dealer history don't buy it ;)

My turbo failed, 2008 car with full main dealer history, the oil and filters need to be changed twice as often as recommended by BMW, the oil in my car was like treacle and the main oil filter was completely blocked, also, the pipe that feeds oil to the turbo was almost completely blocked.

A comprehensive warranty that is extendable is the only sure way of being sure you won't have any financial headaches.

Lovely car to drive though, especially the auto (IMO) and they are pretty ecconomical too.

Richie.
+ 1 on the above, there's nothing in it for the dealer if the car lasts longer. Especially if they have to replace stuff on warranty, they'll say sure its fine (until its not).
 

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We're hoping to get a 2008 520d.
Is the E60 you are looking at an LCI model (the newer look)?

Great car, good economy and power. Most of the LCI 2008's have the newer engine (177 vs older 163bhp).
 

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The 08 520D with the N47 engine (177bhp) is notorious for timing chain failures etc..
Do a search for it and you'll see the long list of owners very unhappy with BMW who refuse to address the problem or acknowledge it.
And you'r talking 5 or 6 grand to replace it as it's very labour intensive..most owners just pick up a 2nd hand engine and replace that instead as it's cheaper.
A mate of mine just brought in one from the UK about a week ago and he's been told the timing chain needs to be replaced and quoted 6k
 

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Sorry guys a bit off topic but I'm getting my turbo breather filter done on my e46 320d any price guides??? Cheers, sorry for the hi jack;)
 

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If chain not broken then that's crazy quote. Between €2-€2.5k to do what's necessary.

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yeah..he rang the Kildare branch and they only quoted half of the Limerick branch..pretty shocking..
His problem was he bought it from a non-BMW dealer in England only last week and they're quite happy to pay/replace it and they couldn't believe the attitude of the dealer when they questioned the quote.
 

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Sorry guys a bit off topic but I'm getting my turbo breather filter done on my e46 320d any price guides??? Cheers, sorry for the hi jack;)
The new shape vortex type filter is abou €70 from BMW. I used Valdas in motor confidence to fit it then and will use him again. Keen rates but more importantly the work is top drawer.
 
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