Welcome to the story so far of our battle bus, we decided to buy the 330d because we needed a car that would fit the Wife's fishing gear in, it also had to transport a family of four in comfort not forgetting the dog, it had to be able to tow a car on a trailer as I have a track car and it had to be able to move, when I say move I mean shift, traffic light grand prix etc and the 330d does all of the above quite well. It also had to be automatic.
My wife gave up her 3 year old Skoda Fabia VRs and we went in search of a cheap 3 tourer. We found this one in Preston, it has marks on the paint, scuffs on the wheels but has loads of service history, up to 60k from the main dealer and then up to 97k with an independent BMW specialist, it had covered 98k when we bought it for cheap!!
Here it is, the day we collected it.
This is where the fun began. I had not really researched the e9x BMW's and bought probably the second one I saw, when we collected it as with all secondhand cars there was no fuel in the tank, off to the petrol station to brim it, I looked down in horror to see diesel pushing out all over the floor
A quick google search on the phone and this is common, breather pipe fault from the fuel tank. Look on the bright side I now had to drive around for an hour to drop the fuel level in the Tank, this journey included a trip to the dealer to order a breather pipe.
The following weekend I really go to know the car, I had the thing stripped down, fuel tank swinging free, eventually getting the breather pipe replaced, I will not be doing this again, it was a pig of a job and took all day Saturday.
Sunday, this was the easy bit, oil, oil filter and air filter, all simple enough although the air filter could not have been more inaccessible.
The weekend after I fitted a detachable tow bar and wired the electrics, rear bumper off and really simple to do.
I also started to read more of the threads on here and this is when I learned about swirl flaps, up to this point I had never heard of them, I called PMW and ordered my blanks, rubber gaskets and a vortex filter. Saturday arrived again and out came the tool box, swirl flaps were removed, blanks fitted and all bolted back on took 2 hours.
The flaps were actually in good order but better to be safe than sorry
A few weeks past of trouble free motoring until I took the track car to Cadwell Park, car trailer on, Golf on the trailer and off we went, I got as far as Middleton on the M62 and I could smell coolant, (a temp gauge would be a good idea in a car) Stopped on the hard shoulder and water was dripping from the EGR thermostat, we carried on to Cadwell, stopping frequently to top up the coolant on the way there and the way back. I was surprised as we managed 30 mpg towing.
The following Saturday was mainly fitting an EGR thermostat, quite straight forward and resolved the issue.
Another week of trouble free motoring until the Friday, my wife called and said "there is a picture of a car sat on top of a letter T, on the dash" When she got home I took a look and she was right, I later found out this was a car lift!
Got a mate of mine to scan it with a snap on scanner and we quickly confirmed the brake pad wear sensor had been activated, so Saturday was consumed fitting rear pads and discs, front pads and discs but I forgot the handbrake, so this is still to do.
We have since been on holiday in the car, towed to Blyton Park for the Briskoda Mega Meet and also towed to Bedford for a How Fast event with the Golf, the car pulls well and is quite frugal.
I hope to get nicer wheels as I don't like what is on it, I also hope to tidy the body work up as it is tatty, hence the name Battle Bus.
I will keep you posted of any developments and my efforts with INPA which compared to VCDS is quite difficult to use.