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Re: Nope, when looked after they can still go to 2 (archive)

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Posted by Albert Ng on February 28, 2001 at 05:52:57:

In Reply to: Re: Nope, when looked after they can still go to 2 posted by Robert Obando on February 27, 2001 at 23:01:46:


That's exactly what I've been thinking too. If replacing the timing chain is that important, why didn't BMW officially recommend the timing chain replacement just like the other timing belt equipped engines do? The funny thing is, all Porsche 911s used double rows timing chain (which is the same thing as S14) but I can hardly find any information regarding timing chain replacement procedure at the Porsche guysí tech article site. In fact, most 911 owners worry more about the chain tensionerís lifespan than the timing chain itself. Compares the stress a 911 engine (consider air-cool) has to endure, I wonder why we have to worry the timing chain in S14.

Albert Ng

QUESTION: Has ANY E30M3 owner suffered a BROKEN timing chain????? Other than it stretching slightly I have never heard of a timing chain breaking...

providing timing chain is changed before that.
I have heard of people driving M3`s with 100+ k miles on them which felt better than other cars with 50kmiles because they had been looked after better. It is still a strong BMW engine after all.


Hey guys. I have been looking for a E30 M3 for about 1.5 yrs now. I am looking for one with 60-90k miles for around $12,000. I have seen them around but are a very rare find. Should I ignore those M3s with 110k-150k miles on the original motor. I have noticed that around 115k-130k the motors start to go. I dont want to buy a car for 12,000 and then turn around and put another 6500 into a new motor. What do you guys think about this?? Do you think I should just give up on a M3 and buy a E30 325is??

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