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Re: Longevity of the E34 (archive)

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Posted by Andy T on April 12, 1999 at 15:33:08:

In Reply to: Re: Longevity of the E34 posted by Bruce on April 12, 1999 at 11:03:33:

Bruce -

the advice was given to me by a BMW Alpina dealer in Leicester, England. I ran an '88 735i for a few years that, at 110,000 miles, needed some engine bits (water pump, air-con belts, fan viscous coupling etc.) and the service guy suggested I get the chain changed at the same time. His argument was to lunch the engine in an old car like an '88 would give me a bill much higher than the cost of the rest of the car for a properly rebuilt engine. The M guys change their chains religiously every 100k because the stakes are that much higher (i.e. blow the engine and you have an eight grand bill, instead of a four grand bill).

To sweeten it the dealer gave me a discount on the price of the chain and only charged another hours' labour so for the extra 150 quid I paid on top of the already big bill, it seemed worth it, and if it's every 100,000 it's not going to be a frequent bill (pill?) to swallow. He may have been taking the piss, so to speak, but 150 quid is a very small amount compared to the remaining yearly running costs.

This of course only applies to chain-driven engines; as you say, it is vital to change the belt on engines so driven because they aren't designed to last much longer than 40-60k depending on model.

Hope this clarifies it!

Andy T


: I'm interested in knowing what engine you have that you "needed" to change your timing chain every 100k miles. Timing chains don't necessarily wear out every 100k miles. Timing belts, like those found on the 525i engines, need to be changed every 60K miles or so. Let us know. Thanks, Bruce

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