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E39 (1997 - 2003)
The BMW 5-Series (E39 chassis) was introduced in the United States as a 1997 model year car and lasted until the 2004 when the E60 chassis was released. The United States saw several variations including the 525i, 528i, 530i and 540i. -- View the E39 Wiki

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Old 02-12-2006, 01:24 PM
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1998 528i e39 timing belt or chain?

This may be a stupid question but does the 1998 528i use a timing belt or chain? and what service intervals does it require?
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Old 02-12-2006, 01:29 PM
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Chain, and I believe it's the lifetime of the engine, no replacement schedule.
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Old 02-12-2006, 02:38 PM
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i heard the 6 cyl have belts my old 525 had a beltt and you should change it every 60k
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Old 02-12-2006, 02:50 PM
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I cannot find any information about a belt change interval in the owners manual and have done a google search on the subject. I am going to assume it's a chain.
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Old 02-12-2006, 04:48 PM
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Pre 91 525s had the M20 motor. The M50 motors have a chain. I think the E39 has the M52 motor which is based on the M50.
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BMW has gone 100% timing chain in the late models, so you are fine and dont need to worry about this failing you.
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Old 02-13-2006, 02:47 AM
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It's a timing chain and it is virtually undestructible.

However, past 200-250kmi i would probably take look at the chain tensioner and
would inspect the plastic slide rails as they break up first. Having the front cover
off for any reason is a good moment to do this.

Other than that, "no user serviceable parts inside"
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Great minds think alike?

Ha, I was just thinking of this.

It's been in the back of my mind for awhile whether the belt on my 528i was changed by the previous owner, I was told so but I had no record of it. So after some investigation, I was relieved to find part numbers for timing chains and not belts.

Though now I realize that I've been lied to...
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