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Sorry, I only check in on here once a week or so.

I'm guessing that you are looking for a 6 cylinder as not many people want a 4 cylinder. 

Convertibles suffer the same issues as any other with:

Expansion tanks and radiators split

Cam cover and oil filter housing gaskets leak

Thermostats stick (usually open)

Water pumps fail/leak

Coolant pipes swell when old

Window regulators fail, especially relevant on convertibles as front windows drop to allow door to shut

With the convertibles specifically, check the roof goes up and down time after time and that it fully goes down and all the plastic covers are there and go into place as they should and are not loose.

Check every electrical button does as it should in case it got left out in the rain with the roof down a few times. 

On a 330i or 330d if your crazy enough to buy an oil burner convertible and like the smell of diesel fumes, check the boot floor has not been torn/cracked. Google it, it's mainly an M3 thing but lesser cars have been known to do it.

Check the carpet is not wet anywhere to indicate a leak.


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I have a very nice 330Ci which is my second one and all of the above are spot on, had this one for over 

6 years now with only a few problems but i did look around for a while before buying it, i paid over the odds 

for it but it was way better than most i looked at. It had done 46,000 miles when i bought it in 2013.

It's an 04 and now done 78,000 miles, here's it's history to date, all the cooling parts are being replaced as 

preventative action but the cap on the expansion tank does have a slight leak.



Dec 2013 
New battery fitted and a new drivers door locking mechanism OE

May 2014 
New front lower control arm bushes fitted OE along with oil & filters change 
Shell Helix fully syn and rear brake pads. 

Complete new drivers door mirror fitted due the common wiring ribbon breaking OE

April 2015 
Passenger airbag recall done at Sytners

Oct 2015 
Professionally refurbished both front brake calipers inc new pads and brake fluid change 

March 2016 
Oil level sensor OEM replaced along with oil & filter change 

May 2016 
Fitted 18" staggered fitment Racing Dynamics RD2 alloys 18x8 and 18x9 

Dec 2016 
Fitted the Stealth HID kit from HIDS4U, 35W 5000K

Sept 2017 
Drivers airbag recall done at Sytners

Sept 2017 
Replaced Cam cover seal kit OE, Crank case ventilation kit OE, 
NGK BKR6EQUP plugs, pollen filter, air filter, front brake hoses

Sept 2017 
Four wheel alignment done at Silverline wheels & tyres Warwick

Sept 2017 
Wheels refurbished along with 4 new Vredestein Ultac Vorti tyres fitted, last 3 photos taken after the refurb with a brighter silver powder coat 

Nov 2017 
Gearbox ATF changed at Transmission Technology Knowle Solihull

Nov 2017 
Key refurbished by the Master Locksmith 

Dec 2018 
Oil filter housing O ring replaced

Aug 2019 
Discs & pads all round & hand brake shoes  

Oct 2019 
Radiator, Water pump & ECS Tuning Aluminium pulley, Expansion tank, sensor & cap, Viscous coupling, A/C belt, AUX belt, Tensioners, Pulleys, Hoses, Coolant  

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