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'06 323i ticking sound

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Hey guys,

I bought a '06 323i a few weeks back. Great car, first BMW and I'm loving it!

But every so often and I mean about 5% of the time I start it up, there is a noticeable ticking sound from the engine bay.

Sound clip here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/mcc2n97iil3xibs/ticking%20sound.m4a?dl=0
Driving the other day with the windows down, the ticking seemed to speed up with acceleration and my girlfriend was freaking out :P

It appeared again this morning.

I left for work with it ticking, realized I forgot something 2 mins from home and went back. Leaving the car running in the driveway, I got out and noticed the ticking was gone.

Seems almost like once the engine has warmed up it disappears.
But...since buying the car, I have instinctively warmed the engine up for at least 5 mins before driving anywhere.

Is this sufficient?

I know nothing about engines so looking under the bonnet would be a waste of time for me.

So wondering, anyone else had this issue?
Something I should be worried about?
Should I take it back to the dealer to take a look?

Cheers!

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i dont know what the ticking is, but warming a car up for 5 mins before driving is completely unnecessary and not recommended by any manufacturer. Get in, and drive it straight away, just go easy until its warm.

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i dont know what the ticking is, but warming a car up for 5 mins before driving is completely unnecessary and not recommended by any manufacturer. Get in, and drive it straight away, just go easy until its warm.

It's just a myth I always believed.

Just did some reading and it sounds like letting the car idle doesn't help it much.

Actually running the car warms things up properly.

Thanks for the advice!

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Hydraulic lifters... what oil and oil filter are you using?

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yea listen to glenn and do the oil and filter again with the right oil and genuine filter. it might seem like a waste as the service was just done but trust me it will be money well spent.

also good on you for getting a 323 not a 320. big thumbs up!

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yea listen to glenn and do the oil and filter again with the right oil and genuine filter. it might seem like a waste as the service was just done but trust me it will be money well spent.

also good on you for getting a 323 not a 320. big thumbs up!

Sweet, will do, thanks guys.

Yeah this was the best 3 series I could find.

Girlfriend is a bit annoyed at the engine size but it's costing me a lot less to drive in than bus in, which I endured for five years when my last car was stolen.

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post up some pics!

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post up some pics!

Heh, I'm gonna do a proper intro in the intro thread, pics and all, just thought put this up and get the ball rolling asap.

Where is a good place to source a genuine oil filter?

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paul @ milland is a bit cheaper than the dealers. its not genuine bmw but OEM quality. otherwise just get it from the dealers its only like $10 more i think

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last one i got that wasnt genuine (but "OEM") was rubbish and far different from a genuine one. Just get genuine.

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Heh, I'm gonna do a proper intro in the intro thread, pics and all, just thought put this up and get the ball rolling asap.

Where is a good place to source a genuine oil filter?

Talk to me next week (09) 2722546

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