Charlie's E91 330d

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BMWCharlie
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Charlie's E91 330d

Post by BMWCharlie » 26 Aug 2017, 22:09

I thought it was time I started a thread on my E91 330d, as I have had it for nearly 18 months, which have flown by. Now the E46 325i has gone I can now spend a bit more time on the E91.

I purchased the car in March 2016 from a local used car dealer, having spent months searching the country for the right car this one popped up 9 miles down the road from me. Typical!

The car is a late 2005 330d SE Auto, finished in Monaco Blue metallic, with Lemon Leather. as can be seen in the photo.

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When I purchased the car it was on 107k miles, and its now up to 122k. In that time it's proved pretty reliable. The Only time its let me down was October last year when the starter motor decided to give up, so it was loaded on to a recovery truck and sent to my local independent BMW Specialist to have it replaced.
There are a few jobs that need doing to improve it, which I shall be doing over time. There are a number of stone chips, and a couple of small rust bubbles that need attention. Since purchasing it I have done my best to keep it clean and shiny with regular cleaning and polishing. It does however need a good machine polish. I've done some panels but I just never seem to find time to give it a full going over.

The last couple of weeks however, seem to have take their toll on the poor old thing. It's been on a 1k mile 10 day road trip to Cornwall towing our caravan there and back with out fault. The first issue I had was, using a tailgate mounted cycle rack on the car for only the Second time. The first time I used it was to carry two child sized bikes which were fine. This time I was carrying to adult bikes and one child bike. I thought all the straps and the bikes were nice and secure, only to find on arrival at my destination that the cycle rack had slipped down only a small amount, I guess due to the weight of the bikes. Unfortunately the foam protection on the cycle rack was no longer protecting the paint on the tailgate, and had warn through the paint down to Bare metal! Aarrghh!!! I was so annoyed!
I have purchased some primer and a touch up paint to repair this, but depending on how it looks it may be a trip to a bodyshop to get it seen to properly.

The second issue has manifested itself today. Having driven the 30 mile journey back from work this afternoon without any indication of a fault with car, I came out to the car an hour latter to find a large pool of water under the front of the car.
On closer inspection I realised it was coolant. I checked the header tank to find it was completely empty. Aarrghh!!!

So I have spent a good hour or so taking things apart to try and discover what the fault is. There is stil water in the system, which is good, so hasn't lost all the coolant. When I took the under tray off it was soaked in coolant, along with pretty much every other pipe, bracket, and ancillary. So I went to the top of the engine, and removed the engine cover and all the air intake trunking to the air filter housing. I then put my hand on the upper radiator hose to check there was water in the hose. As I squeezed the pipe my hand got soaked in coolant. So happily I have found the culprit, the pain in the arse, being that I've now got to or wait until Tuesday before I can get to my local main dealer for a replacement, if they have one in stock.

Hopefully I can get this sorted fairly quickly and easily.

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Re: Charlie's E91 330d

Post by cockneyrebel » 27 Aug 2017, 09:14

Good write up Charlie, shame about the bike rack, but good news you found the source of the leak without her having to go to the mechanic. :thumbup:
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Re: Charlie's E91 330d

Post by BMWCharlie » 27 Aug 2017, 10:25

Thank you cockneyrebel, I thought it was about time I started a thread on this car.

I was pretty hacked off with the whole cycle rack thing. I'm not going to use the poxey thing again. I'm planning to get one of the tow bar mounted cycle racks, so hopefully that'll stop any further issues.

As for the coolant leak, I shall be having a further investigation at some point today, as I've still got bits to remove in order to get to the offending hose. I wasn't planning on doing this over the bank holiday week end. I'm just glad he happened this weekend and not last weekend when I was towing the caravan back from Cornwall.

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Re: Charlie's E91 330d

Post by RayB » 27 Aug 2017, 10:37

The towbar mounted are good but pretty useless if you are towing the caravan

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Re: Charlie's E91 330d

Post by BMWCharlie » 27 Aug 2017, 13:41

I usually carry the bikes in the caravan on the way to where we're staying, and then use the cycle rack to carry the bike's around when we go cycling. I don't really like carrying the bikes on the car at the best of times, let alone a long journey.
A tow bar mounted rack should be fine most of the time, plus I wouldn't need to lift the bike's so high.

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Re: Charlie's E91 330d

Post by Discostew38 » 28 Aug 2017, 14:45

BMWCharlie wrote:I usually carry the bikes in the caravan on the way to where we're staying, and then use the cycle rack to carry the bike's around when we go cycling. I don't really like carrying the bikes on the car at the best of times, let alone a long journey.
A tow bar mounted rack should be fine most of the time, plus I wouldn't need to lift the bike's so high.
When we had our caravan we would do the same ie bikes in the caravan but we then had a tow bar mounted bike rack for the times we were out with the bikes
I don't trust the boot or roof mounted bike racks plus they are more likely to damage the car as you know

We now have fold up bike that fit in the boot
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