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E36 (1991 - 1999)
The E36 chassis 3-Series BMW was a huge hit among driving enthusiasts from the first moment the car hit the pavement. The E36 won numerous awards over the years it was produced and is still a favorite of many BMW enthusiasts to this day! -- View the E36 Wiki

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Old 01-19-2013, 11:44 PM
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E36 vanos repair recommendations

Hi everyone,
been lurking the forum for a while now and just made an account.

im getting ready to do the vanos repair on my e36 but before i order the parts i wanted to know if anyone has recommendations for other items i should replace while im in there.

my car has 151xxx on the odometer so im thinking timing chain stuff but am not sure.
any help is appreciated.
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Old 01-20-2013, 12:02 AM
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Well, first off, for the timing chain, I've heard of exactly one failure. (cj.surr's)

For the 'what else to do' do a google search for "beisan systems' and I'm certain you'll find quite a few threads over it.

Good luck, and welcome to the 'Fest. Now post pictures,

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Old 01-20-2013, 12:46 AM
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thanks for the warm welcome jonesin.
what do you mean by 1 failure with the chain? i was told by a bmw mechanic you typically replace the chain around 200xxx miles
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You typically replace a timing belt around 120k miles. Timing chains tend to be more robust beasts.

Anyone else case to confirm or deny?
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