BMW Recalls many (n47) engines timing chain – revisited and washing machine noises

Helping to source a new car for my partner I got to speak to some dealers (which I do enjoy) and one mentioned the n47 issue as we saw a pre affected model and this was a ‘plus’ for that vehicle. He said the engines on the 320d after were awful. I was taken aback as this is my engine ! He wasn’t to know that of course. We got into a chat and he told me the issues of the timing chain.

“One noise we need to look out for is that of a swooshing noise – so if your car starts to sound like a washing machine worry..”

It’s an expensive replacement pre failure as it’s inaccessible but if it goes then your engine will need rebuilding and a local garage is specialising in this and they are doing 3-6 per week at the moment ! The latter are failures. There is clearly an issue and there s not a lot of data indicating why some low milleage cars are affected and some have NO issues it has to be said.
He said to call BMW as they had some recalls going on and it has even been highlighted on watchdog here

I recorded the sound of my engine on startup here for reference

I called my local BMW dealer and my car had no recall going on.
She advised me to call UK headquarters and I got a scripted chat from a real person on the matter. It was a very ..I have no recollection of that recall customer.. I said it was even on the TV are you denying that – I am simply trying to get information on my car to see if it was post modification. Reasonable question I thought. I have not had such an obtuse phone call in a while and I didn’t mind saying so. I don’t have time for rudeness and apply my replies equally. Yes I find if I ask a reasonable question it is rude to not answer or answer from a statement.
I did ask for permission from BMW UK and Nicola herself since I felt this was decent editorial; to attribute the message that there is NO RECALL on these cars/engines and was given the name and extension of the operator.

0800 325600 ext 302200 it should be Nicola and she is happy to receive your calls about your N47 engine.

Just search yahoo or bing for ‘n47 timing chain’ etc and you will get a long list of worried drivers myself included with the ticking time bomb under the bonnet.

This is a great before and after video demonstrating the chain noise…

So check your car’s engine for noise. There is no good news really a metal chain is supposed to last the lifespan of a car Vs a timing belt that is cheaper and needs replacing every so often (a subject for discussion in itself is when..)

One noise we read about is a ‘swooshing sound’ likened to that of a washing machine.

Timing Belts Contentious Subject – when to change ?

Back to shopping for second hand cars “has the belt been changed” question is coming up on higher mile cars. It’s a definite plus but when it should be done changes from mechanic to mechanic and that’s really confusing to the owner or potential purchaser of second hand cars. It is causing a lot of issues and in an age where manufacturers are trying really hard to differentiate themselves the timing chains and belt issues seem to go on unsolved. If I were to say what I have most commonly heard is that a new belt goes for 80k miles. So after a change that is the expected safe time to change. So buy a second hand car with this mileage then look for the belt work or factor in doing that shortly after and talk to your garage about the cost of changing that.  Warranties will often cover a water pump failure and not a belt but if the pump goes a good garage should do the belt as its often in the same area of work. Any decent garage that is.

Some notes from Felixtowe

Had a really surprising day at Felixtowe today take a look at these pics. What a lucky days sun this Easter time. 


Uninstalling gotomeeting on a mac

I had a lot of trouble uninstalling go to meeting on my mac.
I even went through to their customer support and got a helpful german chap on the line. That was after having an aemrican guy who promptly dropped my call after I had been through about 4-5 keypresses in their telephone menu. The number for their tech support is 08004049279.

yes its fair to say that I was getting annoyed by this app.

It worked great for the webinar but I was left wondering why I couldn’t just see this through a browser. Why are the viewers expected to install this ?

So how to uninstall from a mac the gotomeeting from citrix ?

The normal way to uninstall something from a mac is to go to the applications folder using finder and drag the icon of the app to the trash. Then empty the trash.

This was not working it kept appearing. I read that you need to go into preferences of gotomeeting which in itself is annoying but try not to login as you don’t need to but they really try to force you to…try immediately clicking the top menu at the top of your screen.

then preferences and find the automatic updates check box and disable that.

BUT for me this didn’t work hence why I resorted to calling their support.

I had to in the end search my mac for the ‘gotomeeting’ files and drag them to the trash.

Hope this helps and if it does then comment on your findings please.

Oh my…fiverr and angry men

When a trade goes bad !


if it is not content then why u want me to find it. good luck with your crap


Twat fuck off


i dont use f words toward loosers


Why do I keep running into idiots like you this week, is it that easy to make 5 dollars ?
Stating the fucking obvious and asking is it ok did I do I earn my money ?

What did you actually do ? So don’t fucking complain when people get angry.

What goes around comes around.


in your case you just went down the drain. as you ask me to help you and i do then you jump into conclusion well its not the conten if you are thr genious then figure it out urself. i suggest not writing me again.


Of course I can do it but the point of asking is to save time. I will keep writing to you if I choose to. I’m not listening to your suggestions…


you write me back again then ill just mark you as spam good luck.


i believe i warned u


yes this is going to make a nice blog post


nope. it will only ruin yourself


:) have a nice day dick head


im having a great time u go try take your sh!t out of drain


man this is great:)

Vansittart Road Parking Fine challenge

There is a very frustrating ambiguous sign post for parking on this residential street in Windsor.
Here is the sign:

Vansittart Road Windsor Parking Sign

Vansittart Road Windsor Parking Sign

To Note:
I display properly my resident permit.

My perfect day

I get up (not hungover) the window is open and there is a freshness to the temperature but it is not cold nor dark.

I have the best coffee I can remember.

I have an outdoor yoga class something like on the beach I drive to it in my pickup truck that I leave the key in.

I eat bacon (non american style) as part of my breakfast, maybe some eggs and french toast.

I can still feel the beat from the night before a street party.

I get ready for my morning dive to 33m getting narked is a good start to a perfect day.

Its a move away from bankers to dairy farmers


I wish to introduce you to a very lucrative business. I worked as a product

sourcing manager with (“a-MIC”),an export company here in Cote d’Ivoire.

In a business seminar I attended sometime ago in 2012, I met one Alhaji, who

is the president & CEO of a big cattle and dairy farm here in my country.

Alhaji informed me that he needed a particular vaccine which he usually buys

at USD2,000 per carton and he buys up wards of 3000 cartons every three

months. On getting back to my office, I discussed this with my boss. After

some market research, we got the product from Europe for USD575.00 and we

supplied to Alhaji at USD1,500 per carton. My boss has supplied this vaccine

to Alhaji for more than four times  now, making a very huge profit.

My problem now is that my boss has vehemently refused to pay me my share of

the profit as we discussed. As a result of this, I decided to arrange with

Alhaji to link him to the real producers of the vaccine who will give him

the vaccine at a cheaper rate. After my discussion with Alhaji, he agreed to

buy the vaccine at the rate of USD1,250 per carton of 12 bottles. If you are

interested and capable of executing this supplies on my behalf, kindly get

back to me urgently.

Thanks and God bless you.

Mr. Didier Tra Konan


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