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Does a 1993 BMW 318i have a timing belt or a timing chain? I just bought this BMW and the previous owner did not know whether or not the timing belt was changed. I've heard that if the timing belt goes out it can really screw up your engine. On the other hand, I've also heard that a timing chain (as opposed to a timing belt) is highly unlikely to fail. I'm hoping that this car has a timing chain. Can anyone help me with this matter?

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  • zagitazz Jul 25, 2008

    I guess I'll answer my own question since I already figured it out. It has a timing chain, for those of you that were curious

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Hi some of them have a belt but yours being the M43 engine is a chain, the only thing to listen for with them is chain slap or an rattling around the chain area, a bit of research on the M43 engine also shows that the chain should be changed after 100000 miles as they become weak, Just joined here and found this unsolved i know its a bit late but hope the extra info helps

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