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340,000 and never done timing chain (archive)

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Posted by Angus on August 14, 2001 at 20:17:05:

In Reply to: M3 purchase all set; couple of questions posted by Goldie on August 14, 2001 at 15:51:33:

well as far as timing chain replacement ,a good friend of mine with an 88 M3 just turned 340,000 miles on his (religously maintained )and all he has changed is the waterpump twice and the airflow meter(motors never been apart)! pretty amazing how if you take care of these motors (for all thay are high performance (he regularly drives freeway at over 120mph between salt lake and seattle) that they will last a long long time!
change the oil every 2500 miles and do the service work.

Hi -- I'm about to purchase a zinoberrot '88 M3 with 91k. Nice, well sorted car. However, the chain tensioner has never been replaced, and well, sorry to bore the forum w/ questions that may have been asked already but:

1) is it true that an E36 M3 tensioner is preferable to the E30?

2) A 32mm deepwell socket is needed, correct?

3) I like to perform all of my own repairs. Where can I purchase a manual (shop/Bentley/Haynes) to help me along?

4) There's a whole lot of debate about whether or not to replace the chain as well. What's the verdict?

5) Where can I purchase a spark plug removal tool for this car?!

5) I live in Crystal City, VA. Any DC area residents out there kind enough to show a newbie around his car?

My goal is not to put the car on a track, but rather, to see how long I can make it last (I take public transportation to work, so I won't be racking up the milage too much). In my mind this means R&R before things start to go wrong, and keeping the car as close to stock as possible. Any advice along these lines is welcome.

'76 BMW 2002
'65 Chevrolet Corvair

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