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    Buying an E92 320d ' any advice '

    Hi all,

    I am new to this site ( about 8 mins ) so please break me in gently. I am currently on the look out for a 320d M Sport around 2007 with circa 50-60k on the clock. I have found one which I am going to view tomorrow but before I do make any decisions I was hoping for any tips , hints or general bits of advice on things to look out for. Please be aware I am not in any way shape or form good with technical things lol. Also, could anyone advise wether or not buying from a BMW Used Approved centre is worth the benefits you get with it???? In my eyes it is but if somebody has any past experience with Used Approved it would be great to hear. I known I am going to pay a fair bit more for the car ( prob 12-1500 more ) because it will be from a dealer but when spending this amount of money on a car I would like to spend the extra to comfort my own mind a little more.

    I have heard of issues with fragile alloy wheels and also I have read a lot about DPF which is a slight concern. The car I am going to see tomorrow is a 57 plate with 56k on it.
    I am also led to believe in general the 320d is a very good car, any opinion on that also welcome.

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated.


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    One good thing about AUC is that the 1 yr warranty it comes with is identical to factory warranty so you are covered for everything including the battery...except wear and tear items.

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    Buying an E92 320d ' any advice '

    Hi and welcome

    Personally I would be looking at getting a 330d instead. It is a much better car. A member on here just had the same dilemma and recently bought himself a 330d.

    It's a very powerful, yet fuel efficient and reliable engine. Sounds great too.

    Why do you want the 320d?

    I wouldn't get it from the dealer UNLESS you're getting a decent BMW warranty with it. Don't pay too much for the warranty. Someone will advise shortly what to look for with the warranty. Approved car etc means bugger all. Same with these 50 point checks etc. They tend to skimp on things and will give it a pass/authorisation even if it hasn't actually passed. As long as it's not leaking oil or falling apart etc they don't bother fixing anything. They just gamble that no one will have any problems and come back.

    What's your budget if you don't mind me asking? We can help you look for a decent one.

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    Yeah thats the reason I was want to buy from AUC ( going to take me a while to get used to the abbreviations on here ) also, I am not a very trusting person and would fear from buying privately which I know is a personality flaw of my own but in your opinion is it better to go with the AUC??? I think having the peace of mind that all services and MOT's are done at BMW is very appealing.

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    My budget is 13000 although I am sure I could eek a little more out of the coffers, my issue with the 330d is the insurance. I was disqualified from driving a couple of years ago for an incident I wouldn't like to discuss as it was a silly and childish error. Also, I really like the fuel efficiency of the 320d, I am aware the 330d figures arent a million miles away but I just feel the 320d is a better option for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mjc2411 View Post
    Yeah thats the reason I was want to buy from AUC ( going to take me a while to get used to the abbreviations on here ) also, I am not a very trusting person and would fear from buying privately which I know is a personality flaw of my own but in your opinion is it better to go with the AUC??? I think having the peace of mind that all services and MOT's are done at BMW is very appealing.
    Yes, AUC is worth it imo. Bought my E90 as a AUC and the folding mirror motors were replaced under the warranty, otherewise it would have cost me 250+ in parts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jrfty View Post
    A member on here just had the same dilemma and recently bought himself a 330d.
    http://www.bmwforums.info/bmw-3-seri...-e90-330d.html

    Quote Originally Posted by mjc2411 View Post
    Yeah thats the reason I was want to buy from AUC ( going to take me a while to get used to the abbreviations on here ) also, I am not a very trusting person and would fear from buying privately which I know is a personality flaw of my own but in your opinion is it better to go with the AUC??? I think having the peace of mind that all services and MOT's are done at BMW is very appealing.
    BMW service history is good for resale. However, don't be fooled into thinking that BMW are actually going to do a good job at servicing your car though. Strange as it may sound, there are occasional monkeys that work in dealerships. Often enough, they are more interested in getting the car in and out as quickly as possible. Take an oil change as an example, the dealer is not likely to get the car really hot (good thing) before changing the oil. A good indy may take the timie and effort to do a good job and not rush it.

    13k should get you a pretty decent 320d/330d. Shame about the insurance re: 330d. How much more are they asking for to insure the 330d?

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    I suppose the AUC can come down to personal preference. In my own mind for the reasons u mentioned re: folding mirrors it sounds like a better option. I am hoping that with car only being 5 years old I should hopefully not encounter any nasty issues to soon. Thanks for the advice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jrfty View Post
    I actually read this thread before joining the site, it was actually the reason I joined lol.

    My insurance hasnt actually shot up too much since I have been back driving ( for the last 7 months ). I went back to my original insurer and the insurance on my current car ( Vaxhuall Vectra 2.2 sri direct ) only went up by 50, but, when I checked out a 320d they wanted 1600 and the 330d was a few hundred more. It was a few months ago though I checked so I may check again but the worry is when you are due for ur renewal usually thats when u get hammered by the insurance companies, if you are a new customer they usually reward you with a decent quote but when it comes to renewing they are a bit of a disgrace in my eyes.

    Its a slight concern with comments re: guys/girls who work in the AUC garages, you would think a company with the reputation of BMW they would try keep these ' monkeys ' out of there garages, I have a cousin who has his own garage and I know the trouble he goes through trying to get a decent mechanic.

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