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Old 6th April 2002, 15:43   #1
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Does the M3 E46 have timing chain or belt ?

Can anyone tell me please ?

A spanish magazine says it is belt driven !?!

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Old 6th April 2002, 17:23   #2
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Should be a chain, I know all american cars are chain driven should be the same across the world. BMW has not used belts since the early '90s.
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It's a chain (or more correct two chains).

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Thanks guys. I knew it couldn't be a belt.
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Old 11th April 2002, 06:27   #5
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Should be a chain, I know all american cars are chain driven should be the same across the world. BMW has not used belts since the early '90s.
Not ALL American cars have chains, though that is the trend in the industry including Asian imports.
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Most small north american engines (4 cyl) have used belts since the late seventies, early eighties, ie Chevy Chevette, Pontiac Fiero, which shared the 1.6L four. I forget about the 2.2L though.
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Let me rephrase what I was stating, All BMW's made for the US have chains now, they all have since the early 90's. I know american made cars, chevy, ford, etc. still make belt driven vehicles. I thought this was a BMW board not american car board.
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Let me rephrase what I was stating, All BMW's made for the US have chains now, they all have since the early 90's. I know american made cars, chevy, ford, etc. still make belt driven vehicles. I thought this was a BMW board not american car board.
Easy Matt, the context of your original quote was not clear. As I said, most automobile manufacturers are getting away fron timing belts, but there are still some out there. No big deal....
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No problem, just wanted to restate my quote to be a little clearer.
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