shadetree30
shadetree30 Dork
11/11/20 7:12 p.m.

Looking for a nicely-used 3 series and came upon a 3328i for a decent price. What should I know in particular?

Aspen
Aspen HalfDork
11/12/20 8:59 a.m.

Timing guides are trouble until 2015 or so. 

Xdrive fluids should be changed at 60k miles.

Frequent oil changes are a good idea, the bmw service interval is too long, IMHO.  So a lease car with minimal service would not be my pick.

Dashpot
Dashpot Reader
11/12/20 9:05 a.m.

There's a potential timing chain guide issue for the (N20) motor up to MY 2016. Other than that, should be a reasonably reliable car.

 

Here's a primer on the timing chain stuff:

https://bmwtuning.co/bmw-n20-common-problems/

 

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