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Hey all,

Well i just bought my first Bimmer a very nice 2001 330I Steel Gray color with 88000 miles. I'm in love again.

Couple of questions, does this car have a timing belt or chain and when should it be changed.
 

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No issues, the car runs perfect. I bought it at jake sweeney BMW for just over $11000. Not a door ding or scratch, nice tinted windows, man just a nice car.

Dave
 

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:) Congrats!!! Timing belts don't need to be changed, like at all. What problems do you have?
ummmm....wrong answer. What are you, like 20? :p :D

Hey all,

Well i just bought my first Bimmer a very nice 2001 330I Steel Gray color with 88000 miles. I'm in love again.

Couple of questions, does this car have a timing belt or chain and when should it be changed.
It has a timing chain. And timing chains "don't need to be changed, like at all." Timing chains virtually never fail and they're internal parts that require no periodic maintenance.

Congrats and welcome to the dark side.

btw - timing belts do require periodic replacement or they will fail, which can cause massive problems.
 

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It has a timing chain. And timing chains "don't need to be changed, like at all." Timing chains virtually never fail and they're internal parts that require no periodic maintenance.
Congrats and welcome to the dark side.

btw - timing belts do require periodic replacement or they will fail, which can cause massive problems.
They can stretch and fail over time, but not ever have I seen it on a BMW, so you should be jolly good.
 

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chain tensioners tend to go around 200,000 miles or so
 

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:) Congrats!!! Timing belts don't need to be changed, like at all. What problems do you have?
BMW uses timing chains instead of belts and has for at least the last 20 years. They stretch after about 250,000 miles. You'll probably never need to replace them.

Timing belts generally need to be replaced at approx 90k miles, but it varies by manufacturer and/or if you have an interference engine (meaning that valves/pistons collide if the belt breaks). Most modern engine designs are interference.
 

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ummmm....wrong answer. What are you, like 20? :p :D

It has a timing chain. And timing chains "don't need to be changed, like at all." Timing chains virtually never fail and they're internal parts that require no periodic maintenance.

Congrats and welcome to the dark side.

btw - timing belts do require periodic replacement or they will fail, which can cause massive problems.
Well I was trying to say that it's rarely needed to change a timing chain... What are you, like not 20? :p
 
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