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Old 18-Jan-2009, 01:33 PM
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Default E90 timing belt or chain?

Hey, the mileage on my 320d (e90) is 67k , usually timing belts need to be chaged at this sort of mileage if not sooner, but I cant seem to find any reference to this in the onwers manual or service book etc.

I also recall hearing somewhere that beemers tend to favour timing chains.


- So does anyone know for sure if the e90 320d use a timing belt or timing chain??


Also, I also notice this particulary model doesnt have an engine/coolant temp gauge? - which i find a bit strange ... considering you really need to let turbos warm up before you can boot them

Am i not looking in the right place or is there really no temp gauge?

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Your engine has a timing chain. For reference, BMW haven't used timing belts since the early 90's.

Not sure about the temperature gauge, hopefully one of the E90 owners can help you out on that one.
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Old 18-Jan-2009, 02:18 PM
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Perfect thanks rpg, i thought so, just wanted to make sure. Also, timing chains dont need to be changed at all do they?

... sorry for the seemingly stupid questions but i came from a car without any valves, pistons, belts or chains so better to be sure!
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Timing chains typically last 250-300K miles. As most cars don't reach this mileage, the statement "The timing chain lasts the lifetime of the car" applies, so one less thing to worry about!
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