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328i - major repair

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Picklejuice wrote:
Nov 13th, 2017 6:26 pm
I need some advice. I have a 2013 328i f30 with 90km on it. It was making a noise when accelerating. I took to an independent mechanic and they said the noise was coming from the engine so I should take it to BMW. I took it to bmw and they've quoted me $4k to replace timing chain and oil pump. I'm surprised a car with such low mileage needs such a repair. I bought the car new so I am a bit financially tied to it.

What do you guys recommend? Get the repair and hope all is good going forward or trade it in now band consider it a Lemon?
To answer your final question

That depends on what you get as a trade? If you're out less than $4k that's an easy answer. Dump it.
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Crixus45 wrote:
Nov 14th, 2017 1:14 am
F80 M3 Engine crank hub issue is very well-known

And before than, past 3 generations of M models had some sort of Engine enhancements from factory
Fixed. Gotta have deep pockets to drive a car that's primary goal was to smoke people during the war.
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Solsearchin1 wrote:
Nov 14th, 2017 4:57 am
Not sure if it’s coincidence or not but I’m seeing a lot of vehicles with timing chain failures now a days. I wonder if that’s due to the extended OCI.
Most cars have timing chains these days vs belts 10 years ago. It's a step in the wrong direction IMO.
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Picklejuice wrote:
Nov 13th, 2017 6:26 pm

What do you guys recommend?
DIY repair
warming up the earth 1 gas fill-up at a time...
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OP, It's unusual for a timing chain/tensioner/guides to need replacement this early, but it's not unheard of.
Some cars are known for needing them by 150-200k (car usually has life left in it), and some between 250-350k (and usually the car is scrapped by then)
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iddqd85 wrote:
Nov 14th, 2017 12:45 pm
Most cars have timing chains these days vs belts 10 years ago. It's a step in the wrong direction IMO.
I agree, I think belts are the better option as well - from many different angles (except maintenance cost).
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Coincidently, my car has been diagnosed with the same problem. These cars are garbage. Completely unacceptable for a car thats $50K new to have potential engine failure with less than 100,000km on it.
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parmalat wrote:
Nov 14th, 2017 2:09 pm
Coincidently, my car has been diagnosed with the same problem. These cars are garbage. Completely unacceptable for a car thats $50K new to have potential engine failure with less than 100,000km on it.
What difference is it if the car costs $50k or $20k or $80k?

I have an impala here thats at 340K with a timing chain and hasnt had that kind of issues. And it cost 30k brand new I assume?
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tmkf_patryk wrote:
Nov 14th, 2017 5:43 pm
What difference is it if the car costs $50k or $20k or $80k?

I have an impala here thats at 340K with a timing chain and hasnt had that kind of issues. And it cost 30k brand new I assume?
Because one would expect a better quality product. So yes it matters how much the car is.
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And I am trying to convince myself not to buy IS350 as my next car. It’s harder and harder every time I see such a topic
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doctor80 wrote:
Nov 14th, 2017 6:49 pm
And I am trying to convince myself not to buy IS350 as my next car. It’s harder and harder every time I see such a topic
It's a good thing that the current IS350 F Sport drives like the BMWs that made the brand famous. i.e. the E46.
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This is why I am still driving my Camry.
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iddqd85 wrote:
Nov 14th, 2017 12:45 pm
Most cars have timing chains these days vs belts 10 years ago. It's a step in the wrong direction IMO.
I hope you are kidding. RFD's favourite Corolla has had timing chains since the late 90s. Are we seeing widespread chain failures from those?
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Crixus45 wrote:
Nov 14th, 2017 1:14 am
F80 M3 Engine crank hub issue is very well-known

And before than, past 3 generations of M models had some sort of Engine issue from factory

Very few and far between. Rod bearings on E90 M's were much more common (and they were still rare).
I would not worry about it - crank hub not being tightened enough from the factory. These are good cars! There's been only a few reported failures.
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er34er34 wrote:
Nov 14th, 2017 8:15 pm
I hope you are kidding. RFD's favourite Corolla has had timing chains since the late 90s. Are we seeing widespread chain failures from those?
You named one, what's your point? Bmws always had chains too. There are a ton of cars that that have timing chains and no issues. They just seem more common now that most vehicles went that route.

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