130i/N52B30 common issues?

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Re: 130i/N52B30 common issues?

Post by G1NGE » Thu Jan 11, 2018 1:54 pm

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Thu Jan 11, 2018 9:56 am
It's actually one of my regrets that I haven't ever owned an N52, but would snap up a nice E82 125i if the right car came up for sale.

As it's under warranty, I'd just allow them to fix it for you. Keep throwing it back until it's 100%. It does sound like a Vanos issue, solenoid/s are usually favourite but it's impossible to diagnose issues over the internet, especially without any error codes.

Just be thankful you're not paying! :)
Good man, thanks for your advice, yes I will let them do their stuff, they know these engines well and to be fair Dick Lovett in Swindon has been excellent in terms of service from my experience.

I thought you had owned a 130 sorry...

I'm glad I have the warranty. I'll post the outcome so hopefully others may benefit. :)

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Re: 130i/N52B30 common issues?

Post by G1NGE » Thu Jan 11, 2018 2:00 pm

0l0dom0l0 wrote:
Thu Jan 11, 2018 11:41 am
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Thu Jan 11, 2018 11:12 am
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Thu Jan 11, 2018 9:44 am


What year is the car?

Complain about tapping noises. They will replace the cylinder head then. If they do let me know if that fixes your issue!
BMW now carry out a software update which increases the oil pressure for the HVA noise. Replacement cylinder head seems to be their absolute last resort now.
Ok that's interesting.

Most problably because the cylinder heads are about £4k I think. When I checked before you could get one from germany for £1k, complete with cams, everything!

Do you know when they introduced the software update to fix this? And can you link me to any info? Would like to look at getting this done!
Thanks guys, that is interesting... My car is 2007. Currently for sale in classifieds section. Perhaps I will push them again as it does still tick occasionally but not as bad or as much as it did when I was running down the road and back to work or having her parked up for a week.

I'll let the senior technician work his magic...

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Re: 130i/N52B30 common issues?

Post by G1NGE » Mon Jan 15, 2018 10:10 pm

Hi folks, just thought I would update you all. Got my car back from the dealer today and it's running like a dream, no hesitation low down any more at all and feels much more responsive. It didn't happen all the time, but sometimes, around 1500rpm in a high gear, it would stutter, a bit like a cough... if that makes sense. The dealer had the vanos solenoids out and completed full diagnostics and test plan and gave it a clean bill of health. The technician cleaned both solenoids and swapped the valves over. Let's hope this is the final trip for me to the dealer - I really despised the 116d that I had for a loan car!

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Re: 130i/N52B30 common issues?

Post by Fritz » Fri Jan 26, 2018 11:30 pm

Chaps what's the general life span of the waterpump? Does it have any early warning signs when it begins to go? I'm thinking of cancelling my warranty but the thought of being stuck in Europe on the side of road somewhere has stopped me so far.

The engine is great and has never given me any reason to doubt it, but the waterpump is a question mark as it's soon coming up to 80k.

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Re: 130i/N52B30 common issues?

Post by DeanYork » Sat Jan 27, 2018 12:57 am

Mine went at 77,000 miles. Tbh, I think it's quite common for it to go around the 80,000 mark, although I'm sure there are plenty without any issue at all beyond 100k.
I suppose the best thing is to not worry about it, and if it happens it happens. Just make sure you have the £700 or so needed to fix it handy, if or when it happens!
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Re: 130i/N52B30 common issues?

Post by Rarebit » Sat Jan 27, 2018 1:23 am

Mines on 94k..i crap myself everytime the fuel/washer fluid/cold weather bong goes..ha
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Re: 130i/N52B30 common issues?

Post by swanny71 » Sat Jan 27, 2018 9:39 am

Fritz wrote:
Fri Jan 26, 2018 11:30 pm
Chaps what's the general life span of the waterpump? Does it have any early warning signs when it begins to go? I'm thinking of cancelling my warranty but the thought of being stuck in Europe on the side of road somewhere has stopped me so far.

The engine is great and has never given me any reason to doubt it, but the waterpump is a question mark as it's soon coming up to 80k.

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I went through the same dilemma with regards to BMW warranty, water pump being my main concern. I finally cancelled when they upped the monthly cost about 18 months ago.
I needn't have worried, still on its original water pump and just about to clock 150k miles. They can and do last a long time but assume this one is unusually good.

ETA - the only other issues I've had with the car in almost 100k miles are a replacement DSC unit at about 75k, xenon headlight controller(s) at about 100k all under warranty and a heater blower which I sourced from eBay and fitted myself for about £30.
Also replaced original shocks at approx 125k and just recently changed original battery as precaution.

Otherwise service items plus discs/pads and tyres.
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Re: 130i/N52B30 common issues?

Post by Fritz » Sat Jan 27, 2018 9:42 am

Jesus £700 to replace is it the part or the labour that costs so much?!


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130i/N52B30 common issues?

Post by Fritz » Sat Jan 27, 2018 9:56 am

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Re: 130i/N52B30 common issues?

Post by 0l0dom0l0 » Sat Jan 27, 2018 2:46 pm

Original water pump as far as I know here too.

Signs are a communication fault with the waterpump stored in your error memory.

Prices of the parts are coming down now, you can get a pump for about £350 (pierburg).

It just depends how handy you are with the spanners. Apparently it's a bit of a biatch to fit.
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Re: 130i/N52B30 common issues?

Post by Fritz » Sat Jan 27, 2018 7:05 pm

I did see meyle one for £250 or something on eBay. They're gear seems quite good.

Dom what mileage is your 130 on?


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Re: 130i/N52B30 common issues?

Post by 0l0dom0l0 » Sun Jan 28, 2018 12:42 am

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Sat Jan 27, 2018 7:05 pm
I did see meyle one for £250 or something on eBay. They're gear seems quite good.

Dom what mileage is your 130 on?


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82k.

I've never had warranty since I bought the car. Haven't had a single error code stored in the DME in my ownership.

3 years.
2007 130i LE - BMWP Exhaust, Strut Brace, Air Filter, Short Shift kit and Handbrake.
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Re: 130i/N52B30 common issues?

Post by Scorp » Sun Jan 28, 2018 2:04 am

My 130i is also at 82K.. seems very solid right now..

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Re: 130i/N52B30 common issues?

Post by Toed64 » Sun Jan 28, 2018 9:16 am

Fritz wrote:
Sat Jan 27, 2018 9:42 am
Jesus £700 to replace Image is it the part or the labour that costs so much?!
Waterpumps...(I assume that the N55 has a similar set up)

£700 sounds like BMW stealership charge rates - the waterpump on my 135i went at under 50,000 miles, a couple of years ago. It cost well under £500 all in to replace, parts being about £300 (pump & stat @trade).
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Re: 130i/N52B30 common issues?

Post by Rustle » Thu Feb 01, 2018 10:34 pm

I’ve just forked out a few hundreds for replacing the oil filter housing, rocker cover, and valvetronic gaskets at 72k, a common set of repairs but quite early for mine. That said a mates at 76k is perfectly clean so you never know. But at least I know mine are good for another 72k.


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