N47 Timing chain info thread *QUALITY ENHANCEMENT/RECALL ISSUED* - please read before posting

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Postby Ant_Smiggy120D » Tue Jul 12, 2016 7:33 pm

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redwizard wrote:If you're getting over 700 miles per tank out of an N47 then you can't be driving quick enough! :lol:

Mine's great if I keep it below 83 but ........


I'm no where near 700 high 500's for me. Heard the thermostat is a potential culprit?

Nah, probably the right foot! :)


I wish! Do drive it fruitfully from time to time but when I drive it like a nun I'm lucky to get 500+

What is normal on these? I do lots of motorway miles stop and start traffic in the morning (don't actually use the stop start) hate the thought of them.

Can get into the 50mpg mark but darts around mid 45's


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Postby redwizard » Wed Jul 13, 2016 9:26 am

According to my fuelly stats :-

Best mpg (per fill up) - 57
Ave - 41.7
last - 43.9

Miles per tank is usually around the 400 mark but I can get over 500 on a long (over 2 hours) run so long as I don't go over 83 too much....

But then, I just enjoy driving it. :)
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Postby Ant_Smiggy120D » Thu Jul 14, 2016 9:29 am

redwizard wrote:According to my fuelly stats :-

Best mpg (per fill up) - 57
Ave - 41.7
last - 43.9

Miles per tank is usually around the 400 mark but I can get over 500 on a long (over 2 hours) run so long as I don't go over 83 too much....

But then, I just enjoy driving it. :)


These on board stats or something you've recorded yourself mate?


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Postby redwizard » Thu Jul 14, 2016 12:08 pm

Ant_Smiggy120D wrote:
redwizard wrote:According to my fuelly stats :-

Best mpg (per fill up) - 57
Ave - 41.7
last - 43.9

Miles per tank is usually around the 400 mark but I can get over 500 on a long (over 2 hours) run so long as I don't go over 83 too much....

But then, I just enjoy driving it. :)


These on board stats or something you've recorded yourself mate?

From my Fuelly account http://www.fuelly.com/

Details recorded from 86 fuel ups and the last 32,000 miles.

To be honest, mpg doesn't bother me, I just keep logs to monitor for problems.
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Postby Ant_Smiggy120D » Thu Jul 14, 2016 12:20 pm

Interesting cheers mate


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Postby barneyrubble » Thu Jul 14, 2016 2:04 pm

Easy way to check the stats on the diesel is to see what the water temp gets up to.

Have a look on here: viewtopic.php?t=32908
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Postby sparkie1984 » Tue Aug 02, 2016 8:58 pm

Hi guys,

I am hoping to pick up a 63 plate 120D this weekend.

Will this be safe from the dreaded chain snapping? It's done 28,000 miles and sounds nice and quiet currently
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Postby Ry_B » Sat Aug 06, 2016 6:32 pm

A 120d averaging 41mpg? I'd say something isn't right there

My 123d running around 250bhp ish averages 46mpg in mixed driving and on the motorway can easily achieve 55mpg, that's with the shorter ratio box too!
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Postby rob180bhp » Sat Aug 06, 2016 8:28 pm

Anyone got any links to list of parts required to change the chains and part numbers and how long it would take.

Alot to ask I know

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Postby MontegoBlue » Sat Aug 06, 2016 9:53 pm

sparkie1984 wrote:Hi guys,

I am hoping to pick up a 63 plate 120D this weekend.

Will this be safe from the dreaded chain snapping? It's done 28,000 miles and sounds nice and quiet currently


Should be, just change oil every 8,000 miles and all should be fine. There was never anything wrong with the chains, only dodgey batch in the early years...long service intervals in many eyes were a contributing problem.

28k is nothing for this engine, these engines are not run in properly till 90/100k.
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Postby rob180bhp » Sat Aug 06, 2016 10:05 pm

I have to maybe fix one in work next week on 89k with full history but all the intervals were quite long

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Postby Dannyb2412 » Mon Aug 08, 2016 8:20 pm

Hi I have a bmw 118d 2008. I think I have a timing chain rattle. Is there still a recall for this issue ?

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Postby MontegoBlue » Sat Aug 27, 2016 10:50 pm

Dannyb2412 wrote:Hi I have a bmw 118d 2008. I think I have a timing chain rattle. Is there still a recall for this issue ?


Phone BMW up?? I tried many garages all over UK when I was bored one weekend, all said "..No, its not on the list" mine is a 2008 (58) 118d.

They do rattle & scrape by nature these engines, give it an oil change, my preference is a slightly thicker 5w40 LL04 oil to soften that noise your hearing, and change oil every 8/10k, and all should be well.

Mine has been sounding the same since I had the car 4 years ago, and my engine is near enough @160k now

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Postby Stegraham159 » Fri Sep 02, 2016 9:17 pm

Hello all,

Has anyone had any problems with the timing chains after being in for the recall?

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Postby emachine » Sun Sep 04, 2016 5:59 pm

I'm on the same boat I guess. I work for Mercedes-Benz but love my BMW with n47 with great fuel economy. I invested a lot of money to replace bunch of stuff and I will do a big service after couple of days (-30 km for oil change atm).

I've had this weird noise for months and looks like it's more audible when the engine is warm. It definitely comes from rear of the engine. I can hear better when I put my ear near the throttle body.

Here is the video from few months ago:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y8cth6j0GUo

Video today:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zWbHTyS ... e=youtu.be

Same level noise keeps coming.

No performance issues, no error codes (other than glow plug module), starts fine etc. 280000 km (173983.934 miles? converted online)

I will visit a BMW service tomorrow and have it checked. Please listen the noise and give me a feedback. It's eating me alive.


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