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2014 520d Diesel Advice please?

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Hey all , I've come across this informative forum whilst looking for some advice before purchasing a car , I'm a newbie of BMW's

 

I'm Looking at buying a 2014 14  Plate BMW 520D M-sport Automatic Saloon off a company thats been used as the directors car since 2016

After looking at the forum, I've seen Alot of posts of the timing chain issues on this model are these still a problem at 2014  or have they been resolved via recall etc 

the car I'm interested in as done 155k Miles but  price is £5995  so massively reflected, car has service History to 125,000 with BMW then Independent garage

 

Any help would be much appreciated 

 

Thanks

Gareth

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As far as I am aware, the N47 engine, no matter which version, old or new, should have the timing chain and tensioners replaced at 90k or before, and oil changes should be done every year or 10k miles, whichever happens first.  The intention which BMW had was to make an engine which would never need a timing chain issue sorting before 200k miles, or more, but this doesn't work in practice.  The long oil change periods they recommend is a huge risk, but a great marketing jazz for company car buyers, most of which will not manage to go beyond 90k within 3 years of ownership, at which point, most company cars are off lease and replaced for new.

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On 08/07/2020 at 01:26, Crikey18 said:

As far as I am aware, the N47 engine, no matter which version, old or new, should have the timing chain and tensioners replaced at 90k or before, and oil changes should be done every year or 10k miles, whichever happens first.  The intention which BMW had was to make an engine which would never need a timing chain issue sorting before 200k miles, or more, but this doesn't work in practice.  The long oil change periods they recommend is a huge risk, but a great marketing jazz for company car buyers, most of which will not manage to go beyond 90k within 3 years of ownership, at which point, most company cars are off lease and replaced for new.

 

Out of interest, what's the going rate for a timing chain and tensioner replacement?

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On 7/20/2020 at 5:34 PM, AlfaEuropa said:

 

Out of interest, what's the going rate for a timing chain and tensioner replacement?

 

I believe with the labour plus parts, an independent BMW specialist will cost anywhere between £800 and £1600.  You have the option of using BMW authorised parts, or generic / uprated.

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