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      05-13-2021, 03:37 AM   #1
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New member, considering a 2 Series Active Tourer

Hi everyone,

I'm nere here, as a quick intro, I'm known as "G", based in Birmingham.
Reason for joining - with Birmingham making the Clean Air Zone live in a few weeks, we're having to consider a replacement car for my dad, well our hand is going to be forced somewhat.

We have shortlisted a few contentders, with the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer being the number 1 choice for now, so really just after some honest drivers views and comments please, common problems and what to look out for.

So, we're considering a Petrol form of the 2 Series AT 1.5 engine with Auto transmission, I think they only started in 2014?

Currently my dad drives a 2010 Mercedes C-Class Diesel, but this will incur an 8 per day charge to drive through town, so we either need a Euro4+ Petrol or a Euro6+ Diesel. If im honest, I dont want him to buy a Diesel as he only does around 15 mile round trip to work with the odd weekend usage, and thats probably no more than 20 miles on a weekend, so Diesel would be clogged up in no time.

He wants economy, cheap tax, something a little higher up than the C-Class, usual mod cons so DAB, Parking Sensors, Sat Nav, not overly fussed about leather but if it is then it needs to be black, and but it must be an Auto.

I have seen some 2015-2017 1.5 Petrol models in Auto for around 10k-12k.

The last BMW we had was way back in the early 90's and that was an E30, so really would like to know more about the 2 Series AT:

- What are these like to drive, comfort, owenerhsip, maintenance?
- Any common problems we should look out for?
- What model should we/shouldn't we consider?
- Whats the auto-box like?
- Is a 1.5 Petrol economical with it being a modern engine, well comparing against a 2.1 ltr Diesel Merc?
- What should we steer clear of?
- Are these belt driven or chain driven engine's?

Im sure many more questions will be borne out of your feedback, so please bear with me.

And much thanks in advance.

With regards,
G.
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      05-13-2021, 01:51 PM   #2
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I never see much activity in the active tourer section here but I can answer a few things with relative confidence

The engine should be fine in terms of economics it's the same as the B46/48 engine minus a cylinder so using eco mode and smart driving you can get a decent MPG raiting but it all depends where you drive of course but I find it fine.

It should be chain driven again being a B38 engine and most of the chain driven issues seem to have been worked out from early problems in the early 2010s

I'm not so sure what the trans is on the active tourer and can't find a clear answer but seeing 8 speed auto I would assume an ZF8 if it's the same as the regular F22 chassis and don't let anyone tell you otherwise the ZF8 is FANTASTIC for a daily car it can be incredibly smooth and comfortable with it's shifts and in sport mode it's the opposite being very aggressive not as fun as a manual of course but it's perfect for a daily car.

The only other thing I would say again just general stuff from having an F22; Avoid the car if it has halogen reflector lights and you plan driving anywhere not well lit, they are very poor but can be replaced with LEDs but still it's a major issue I had with the F22 lights.

Hopefully someone actually with an active tourer can give you some more concrete info but I hope this little helps.
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      05-14-2021, 03:19 AM   #3
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Thank you, thats useful information.
We're looking at around a 65-17 reg, so hopefully a lot of issues will have been ironed out across the rest of the range?
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      05-14-2021, 07:35 AM   #4
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From what I recall most of the VANOS timing chain stuff was resolved by 2010-2012 there is one other issue I am aware of but I only think it may have been on the bigger and older engines the S55 N55 and N54 engines involving the crank case seal.

The auxiliary belt on the front of the engine (Not the timing chain) for the alternator and AC and rest of the other engine systems if gets oil or other debris on it it was possible the belt could slip off and be pulled into the crank case housing you could look into it see if anyone with the B38/B48/B58 engine has had any issues like that.
The B48 and B58 are mostly the same to the engine you'll get in the active tourer just with 4 and 6 cylinders respectively.

2017 at that point you're near the end of the range in terms of production at least so most issues have been smoothed out and most will tell you the same thing anyway, proper maintenance will keep it sound just don't fall for the trap of the 10k mile oil change find a local garage that can do it for you and do it every 5-6k like normal cars.
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      05-17-2021, 03:17 AM   #5
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From what I recall most of the VANOS timing chain stuff was resolved by 2010-2012 there is one other issue I am aware of but I only think it may have been on the bigger and older engines the S55 N55 and N54 engines involving the crank case seal.

The auxiliary belt on the front of the engine (Not the timing chain) for the alternator and AC and rest of the other engine systems if gets oil or other debris on it it was possible the belt could slip off and be pulled into the crank case housing you could look into it see if anyone with the B38/B48/B58 engine has had any issues like that.
The B48 and B58 are mostly the same to the engine you'll get in the active tourer just with 4 and 6 cylinders respectively.

2017 at that point you're near the end of the range in terms of production at least so most issues have been smoothed out and most will tell you the same thing anyway, proper maintenance will keep it sound just don't fall for the trap of the 10k mile oil change find a local garage that can do it for you and do it every 5-6k like normal cars.

Will have to look at a few and just make sure the Service History is water tight.
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      05-20-2021, 08:53 AM   #6
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Can I ask another question please? We cant seem to find a decent priced Petrol, and whilst the mileage my dad does isnt going to warrant a Diesel, but the question is the does the BMW Diesel suffer from DPF problems as well, as in getting blocked?

My Vauxhall's do, badly, just thinking if its worth considering the Diesel at all?

They seem to be a heck of a lot cheaper, which is just nuts.
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      05-20-2021, 11:46 AM   #7
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Unfortunately I don't have any experience with any of the diesel BMWs at all, I don't even think they offer them over here stateside.

I do remember diesels all makes and models basically being the way to go for everyday cars back in Ireland and England with how cheap the fuel was, your best bet might be to check one of the regional forums ether on here or another site to see if you can find anyone else with one.

Best of luck.

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