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Looking to buy a used F20

Post by whodareswins1 » Sat Aug 26, 2017 5:53 pm

Time to finally replace my E87. I kind of get attached to cars a little bit and as such tend to hold on to them for longer than some. Had mine about 4 years now. Looking at getting an F20 and also considering going down the petrol routes, probably a 116i or 118i. On my budget of around 9k so around the 2012 MY.

Are these good choices to go for? What's should i look out for when buying one?

Any help would be hugely appreciated!
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Re: Looking to buy a used F20

Post by marco_polo » Sat Aug 26, 2017 6:29 pm

The 116i and 118i are mechanically the same N13 engine, the only differences are a slightly different exhaust and the ECU map.

They're generally ok, as long as the oil is changed regularly. Can be prone to inlet valve build-up like any DI engine, so bargain on a walnut-shell blast every 50k.
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Re: Looking to buy a used F20

Post by judeep » Sat Aug 26, 2017 8:00 pm

marco_polo wrote:
Sat Aug 26, 2017 6:29 pm
The 116i and 118i are mechanically the same N13 engine, the only differences are a slightly different exhaust and the ECU map.

They're generally ok, as long as the oil is changed regularly. Can be prone to inlet valve build-up like any DI engine, so bargain on a walnut-shell blast every 50k.
What is a "walnut shell blast"?!
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Re: Looking to buy a used F20

Post by marco_polo » Sat Aug 26, 2017 8:06 pm

judeep wrote:
Sat Aug 26, 2017 8:00 pm
marco_polo wrote:
Sat Aug 26, 2017 6:29 pm
The 116i and 118i are mechanically the same N13 engine, the only differences are a slightly different exhaust and the ECU map.

They're generally ok, as long as the oil is changed regularly. Can be prone to inlet valve build-up like any DI engine, so bargain on a walnut-shell blast every 50k.
What is a "walnut shell blast"?!
Inlet manifold off, and they literally shot blast the back of your inlet valves clean with crushed walnut shells.

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Re: Looking to buy a used F20

Post by whodareswins1 » Sun Aug 27, 2017 1:10 pm

marco_polo wrote:
Sat Aug 26, 2017 6:29 pm
The 116i and 118i are mechanically the same N13 engine, the only differences are a slightly different exhaust and the ECU map.

They're generally ok, as long as the oil is changed regularly. Can be prone to inlet valve build-up like any DI engine, so bargain on a walnut-shell blast every 50k.
Thanks for the insight. Are there better engines to go for in the F20 range? I seen a nice 118i but always have been worried about the N47 timing chain issue, but I've read this fixed in 2011?
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Re: Looking to buy a used F20

Post by marco_polo » Sun Aug 27, 2017 1:23 pm

N47 is the diesel pup, and was never fixed. We've had 2014 cars with the exact same chain issue. Avoid.

118i would be the N13 petrol though, 1.6L turbo.
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Re: Looking to buy a used F20

Post by whodareswins1 » Fri Sep 22, 2017 1:25 pm

marco_polo wrote:
Sun Aug 27, 2017 1:23 pm
N47 is the diesel pup, and was never fixed. We've had 2014 cars with the exact same chain issue. Avoid.

118i would be the N13 petrol though, 1.6L turbo.
Thanks for your help. Does the petrol N13 have a van belt or is it Chaim driven?
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Re: Looking to buy a used F20

Post by marco_polo » Fri Sep 22, 2017 2:34 pm

whodareswins1 wrote:
Fri Sep 22, 2017 1:25 pm
marco_polo wrote:
Sun Aug 27, 2017 1:23 pm
N47 is the diesel pup, and was never fixed. We've had 2014 cars with the exact same chain issue. Avoid.

118i would be the N13 petrol though, 1.6L turbo.
Thanks for your help. Does the petrol N13 have a van belt or is it Chaim driven?
Pretty sure all BMW's are chain driven, they don't do rubber bands.
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Re: Looking to buy a used F20

Post by whodareswins1 » Sun Sep 24, 2017 7:18 pm

Going to check out a 2012 116i tomorrow. Any hints and tips on what to look for? I’ll take a torch and have a good luck underneath it and listen out for any odd noises.
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Re: Looking to buy a used F20

Post by whodareswins1 » Sun Sep 24, 2017 7:43 pm

One thing that puzzles me is the photo of the engine bay. The rubber strip at the books looks like it has something on it. Paint over spray maybe?
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Re: Looking to buy a used F20

Post by Trundle » Tue Sep 26, 2017 1:27 pm

My 2013 116i has this, but not quite to the extent you have it here.
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