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Old 10-16-2012, 08:33 AM   #1
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BMW Timing Belt or Chain?

Hi Guys

I want to find out wheather the 318i facelift 2003 has a timing belt or a chain. Iha d previous experience witha e30 320i where the belt broke with a lot a sorrow for me. The manual does not show any belt replacement so I just want to have peace of mind.
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Old 05-16-2013, 08:01 AM   #2
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Hi, there is a nice website where you enter your vehicle VIN number and it will give you all the details you need on the spares available. It lists 2 engines on the 2003 model, so the VIN number will narrow it down for you, but lookslike a chain and not a belt.
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Old 02-02-2016, 11:15 AM   #3
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As far as I know, all BMW's use timing chain. The belt is not related to timing. It for water pumps and air on...
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