BMW N47 engine warning

BMW N47 engine warning

The N47 has now been in production for 11 years, and I include the B47 from 2015 in with this unit as, really, it’s much about the same. If, however, you’re in need of a used engine to replace yours, you need to be aware that the N47 D20A and D20C do not interchange.

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Late BMW 3-Series E90 LCI or early F30/F31 3-Series?

Late BMW 3-Series E90 LCI or early F30/F31 3-Series?

I was surprised to see that F30s are now down to under £6,000 on AutoTrader. co.uk, and I’ve been told that £4,500 will buy an early one in the auctions, albeit with a few miles on the clock (a 12-plate, solid black 318d with 150,000 miles and basic SE trim on 16in wheels but, even so, a nice enough thing if it all checks out). But is an early F30 a better bet than a late E90? There’s no doubt that in the last three years of the E90 (the LCI version), BMW really improved this model. The early ones, with the spartan interior, that weird-looking grille and some truly ghastly colours (what was that light metallic blue-green-grey called?), are just about in banger territory, now with a few hovering around the £1,000 mark.

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Buying Guide normally aspirated straight-sixes BMW 330i E90

Buying Guide normally aspirated straight-sixes BMW 330i E90

 

Buying Guide Fancy a sweet handling normally aspirated sports saloon? Then how about looking at the E90 330i? Like normally aspirated straight-sixes? Need four doors? Then you’ll be wanting an E90 330i – the last of BMW’s non-turbocharged sports saloons. Words: Bob Harper and Andrew Everett. Photography: Dom Fraser and Max Earey.

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Top three £10,000 3 Series Saloons

Top three £10,000 3 Series Saloons

The market supply of used 3 Series Saloons continues to grow rapidly, and that means just ten grand now bags a whole host of appealing second-hand E90 examples; with both high performance and super-efficient models around in substantial numbers. And that means discounts – big ones. So whether you’re buying privately, or at a dealership, don’t be tempted to pay anything like the asking price on these top three 3 Series buys.

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BMW E90 335i Saloon guide

BMW E90 335i Saloon guide

10 Minute Guide. This month the BMW E90 335i Saloon is under the spotlight. Not a hugely popular model in the UK as most opt for the coupé shell but there’s still plenty to like about the 335i Saloon.

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