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E30 Time Belt Replacement Frequency?

Discussion in 'E30 (1984-1993)' started by WT Rondo, Aug 13, 2008.

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    WT Rondo

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    I have an 87 325i w/193K miles. How frequently (mileage/time) should I change the timing belt?

    Thanks,

    Kip
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    az3579

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    4 years or 50-60,000, whichever comes first.
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    WT Rondo

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    Botond Pal,
    Thanks for the prompt response. It's been 50k miles, but 5 years, so I'd better get to it.

    Kip
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    mooseheadm5

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    Definitely. I have purchased a few E30s at well below market value because the owners did not want to change the timing belt.

    e30edward guest

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    yeah i changed mine as soon as i bought it. didn't want that thing to snap.

    ecvchamp guest

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    I HAD ONE SNAP (MY OWN FALT, I PROCRASTINATED) IT WAS A BAD DEAL.:mad:
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    WT Rondo

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    Timing belt change

    Thanks all, for the advice. I've got it scheduled.

    Kip

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    Engine on my 88 E30 was replaced by a previous owner about 15,000 miles ago. Any chance they didn't replace the timing belt, or would that be a given?
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    mooseheadm5

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    There is always that chance. They could have replaced the motor for any number of reasons and gotten a used engine with unknown miles on the belt. It is pretty cheap insurance to change it if you do not know.

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    sticker

    I'm changing mine soon.
    The sticker in the engine said it was changed at 117k and now it has a little over $187k on it. Definitely time. Plus, you can never tell whether the prev owner did it, unless they have records which mine didn't. I figure i'd get the 50cent sticker to remind me to change it. As well as a little notebook which I'll keep in the glove comparnemt to record its maintenance history.
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    mooseheadm5

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    Stop driving it right now! That thing is on borrowed time. Any indication of how many years since it has been changed?

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