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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625hp S65B40 ESS VT2-625 supercharged BMW M3 E90

625hp S65B40 ESS VT2-625 supercharged BMW M3 E90

With a striking green and yellow colour scheme and 625hp from its supercharged V8, this awesome, full-on E90 M3 is one serious build. Words: Elizabeth de Latour. Photos: Brian McGee.

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410hp-tuned M3-look BMW 335d E90

410hp-tuned M3-look BMW 335d E90

M3-styled 410HP BMW 335d E90 diesel power. It might not be an actual M3 but with 410hp and 642lb ft of torque this ferociously fast, M3-kitted 335d is a serious performance machine and no mistake. Words: Elizabeth de Latour Photos: Jape Tiitinen.

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Wide-body WTCC-style BMW 335i E90

Wide-body WTCC-style BMW 335i E90

First class WTCC-style BMW 335i E90. Full-on wide-body beast Words: Daniel Bevis Photos: Peter Wu When it came to choosing his first BMW, Alex Aguiniga knew exactly what he wanted and, while he didn’t initially imagine it turning out like this, every element of the build is pure class… 

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Tech focus CSF RACE Cooling Upgrades for BMW E9x M3

Tech focus CSF RACE Cooling Upgrades for BMW E9x M3

Tech Focus: M3 Cooling If your M3 gets a bit hot under the collar then CSF’s cooling upgrade may be for you. Tech focus CSF RACE Cooling Upgrades for BMW E9x M3. If you find that your E9x M3 gets a bit hot under the collar after some hard driving or when you take it on track CSF may have the answer. Words: Ryan Stewart.

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Braking the Bank

Braking the Bank

 

What used BMWs can you buy for the price of the M5’s optional Carbon Ceramic brakes? If you’re speccing a new M5 you could spend nearly £7500 on a set of optional carbon ceramic brakes… or you could have one of these used cars for the price of those discs! Words: John Tallodi.

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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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