2005 BMW 3 Series 318Ci Coupe ES 2.0 (N47) petrol
Great to drive, expensive to maintain
Plastic guide on top of timing chain split and had to be replaced along with a new tensioner. OEM tensioner is rubbish, causes the chain to slacken, which in turn breaks the plastic guides. Mine was not rattly or making any noise, but thankfully the garage spotted it at service. It's a given with this engine.
Rear brake pipes rust and can cause MOT failure - seems to affect all older BMW cars. It's expensive and awkward to fix. Brake vacuum seal had to be replaced.
Bushings on the front wishbones had to be replaced and the car tracking corrected.
Well engineered, good quality interior. Handling is great and it's an involving and fun car to drive. Front seats are very comfortable. Quite good on fuel - 38 MPG on a run, 28 around town. It's a pity there are so many issues resulting from bad engineering.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 7th February, 2015