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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 08-15-2006, 05:39 PM
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timing chain or belt?

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I'm going to buy a 528i this week, it's 97' 83k miles, I'm wondering if this bmw running by timing chain or timing belt? when do I need to change it? is there any major maintaince need to get done at this time>? is there any major problem I need to pay attention? please help..

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Mein Auto: 1998 528i, 1988 327i
Timing chain. Not quite sure on maintence. Maybe have to replace the timing chain and tensioner every decade haha. Honestly usually you can hear it when their time to be replaced. I wouldnt worry about it.
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At 100k you should be up for a major maintence, if you go to a dealer it will prolly run you $800-$1000. You know all filters, fluid changes, and spark plugs.
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