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Old 03-17-2003, 07:05 PM
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timing belt in 3 and 5 series?

i thought with the newer engines BMW did away with the timing belt. what is BMW Canada trying to pull on consumers with quoting timing belt replacement costs on their website.

$267.50 for 3 and Z3 series 1984 to current
$257.50 for 5 series 1985 to current

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Old 03-17-2003, 07:09 PM
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Perhaps it should have read "timing chain"? I would guess that the cost would be higher to replace that though.

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Old 03-17-2003, 07:37 PM
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i didn't think the timing chain would require any changing/replacement due to wear. it would have to be after many hundred of thousand kilometers i'm guessing even if it did. most timing belts last 80-100k kms. with a chain even if the metal were to wear and fatigue it would have to be in excess of 200k kms using WAG method.

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Perhaps it should have read "timing chain"? I would guess that the cost would be higher to replace that though.

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Old 03-17-2003, 08:27 PM
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Typically in road cars timing chains are rated for life. i.e. 200k+ miles. Often, there are guides or tensioners that can go bad (I think the S14 has a particular problem with this).

The only BMW engine I know of that ran belts was the M20.
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