BMW N47 Timing Chain

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The BBC 1 Watchdog program on 12th June 2013 showed that BMW have had significant issues and complaints from BMW owners about total engine failure in the BMW 1-Series, 3-Series and 5-Series vehicles built between 2007 and 2009 due to BMW N47 timing chains.

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What is the issue with BMW N47 timing chains?

The issue is that BMW N47 timing chains snap causing the engine to fail.  The BMW N47 timing chain is located at the rear of the engine near the windscreen meaning the complete engine needs removing for it to be checked or repaired which can result in significant labour bills of over £10,000.

After the BMW N47 timing chain snaps it can cause catastrophic damage to the rest of the engine which may mean your car needs a new engine!  BMW’s stance is that the BMW N47 timing chain is at the rear of the engine as it’s part of the engine which should last the lifespan of the car and as such does not need servicing.

The BMW N47 timing chain  is fitted to 10,000s of BMWs and BMW are refusing to accept any blame, possibly due to the huge cost of replacing N47 engines.  We have already secured significant compensation from BMW because of these timing chains.

How much does it cost to fix a BMW N47 timing chain?

Anywhere between £1,000 and £12,000 and we have lots of examples where customers have paid this themselves.

What do BMW offer?

BMW may offer a ‘goodwill gesture’ towards the cost of repairing or replacing the BMW N47 timing chain if you have a regular BMW service history.

BMW’s Response about the BMW N47 timing chain

“BMW offers a comprehensive, full three-year warranty on all new cars sold in the UK. Outside of this warranty period, while there is no obligation to assist with the costs of repairs, BMW operates a generous goodwill policy and will consider financial help, depending on the specific circumstances of each case.”

What do the Specialists say about the BMW N47 timing chain?

“We have first hand experience of dealing with BMW and taking BMW to Court for failing to remedy a problem.  If you deal with BMW directly I suspect they will fob you off hoping that you go away, leaving you to foot a potentially massive bill.  We are experienced at dealing with these claims against BMW and operate a no win no fee.  If your BMW has a faulty BMW N47 timing chain get in touch immediately.”

100% of our BMW N47 Timing Chain claims are made on a No Win No Fee basis which means that you do not have to worry about any financial risk at all as if your claim is unsuccessful it will not cost you anything.

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