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Just want to find out...does bmw 318i e36 have a timing belt or timing chain?

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There are 2 engines used on the 318i. One has a chain the other a belt. The M40B18(1990-1993) uses a cam belt and the M43B18(1993-1998) a chain.

Posted on Nov 01, 2010

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    Rene Rossouw Nov 01, 2010

    Easiest way to distinguish between the 2. The M40 has a distributor on the front of the engine.

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