Belt or chain drive ? - 02skn
Looking at a number of used BMW 5 series diesels (530 and 535d). Can any backroomers tell me if the engines have a timing belt or are they chain driven. A lot of the cars we have looked at seem to have around 60k on the clock. I would not like to buy and then get hit with a big bill for a timing belt change.

Edited by Pugugly {P} on 27/10/2007 at 13:53

Belt or chain drive ? - Aprilia
Its chain on these - two chains in fact. Then one cam is driven by the top chain and the other is geared off it.
Belt or chain drive ? - 02skn
Thanks Aprilla. I take it chains only get changed if they are rattling/worn but not at any set interval.
Belt or chain drive ? - Aprilia
Should last the life of the engine if the car is serviced. By the time they need changing it would not be economically viable to do so!
 

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