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    320d e90 turbo failure

    Hi all

    Need a bit of advice on my 320d e90. Been hearing faint siren noise recently and so got it checked out and has been diagnosed as a turbo on its way out (worn bearings). Pretty annoyed as its only 5 years old and done 49K miles! Been quoted 1700 from an independent which i thought was a little strong?? but my main gripe is that it shouldnt been worn at all given its low milage. Just wondered if anyone has been successful with BMW itself, in arguing a case about premature failure even though its outside warrenty. I have learnt that these failures are not uncommon and wonder if BMW are aware of this? I have read that some people have been successful in getting a part payment towards a new turbo and i would like myself to confront them with my issues. Before doing so I am trying to get as much info as I can to strengthen my case. I have learnt that the stupid length between oil changes are partly to blame, clogging up pipes to the turbo and starving it of oil. Any other advice would be much appreciated

    Tom

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    Hi Tom,

    Sorry to hear about your worn turbo bearings!

    BMW on a few occasions have been known to offer a goodwill gesture towards the cost of a replacement turbo but a full dealer
    service history is required along with the work being done at BMW?

    The type of oil separator fitted and whether it has been changed is widely recognised as a potential factor in premature turbo
    failure, specifically the foam type design which clog up over time and should have been replaced during an oil service?


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    Unfortunatley all but one service was done at bmw, with the last one done with a independant. I will try however to get something from them, the worst thing they say is no.

    Heres hopeing

    Tom

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    Quote Originally Posted by tommy1001 View Post
    Unfortunatley all but one service was done at bmw, with the last one done with a independant. I will try however to get something from them, the worst thing they say is no.
    and was the oil & filter changed at this last service done at the independant ?

    Quote Originally Posted by tommy1001 View Post
    I will try however to get something from them, the worst thing they say is no.
    Yes I certainly wouldn't let it go without asking a few questions about BMW reliability on a car with such low mileage as yours?

    I think contacting your local dealer would be the first step, they may be able to help you or they may simply pass you onto BMW Uk ?

    Hopefully some other members will have first hand experience of dealing with this type of out of warranty claim procedure and be able to assist,good luck and please keep us informed how you get on with BMW themselves

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    HI

    yes oil and filter was changed along with brake fluid, just a routine service.

    Thanks for your help simon and will keep you posted on how I got on.

    Tom

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