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Old 04-04-2005, 02:02 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Folks ; as my E36 is now 9 years old, my mates reckon not worth getting serviced at a BM dealer due to cost,I agreed (little detail of service history) , so got a 12k service done at local garage, but 1 thing I wondered - cambelt change, is there a recommended mileage for this to be done - mine on 71K miles now - thanks in advance
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I'm a bit confused If it's a 323i it's an M52 which is chain driven the only belt driven motor used in an E36 is the M40 B16/18 the cam belt service interval for these is 2400miles or 4 years Sorry can't do in km I'm a Brit
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yup it's a 323i , as per my name (bmw323inewbie)new to this,had VW corrado G60 before, supercharged, and everything screwed up so I sold it for BM.

UK also, so miles not km's on figures - just wondering if I need to take it to a proper BMW dealer, runs and feels great though...71,000 miles on it
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Originally posted by bmw323inewbie@Apr 4 2005, 03:02 PM
Folks ; as my E36 is now 9 years old, my mates reckon not worth getting serviced at a BM dealer due to cost,I agreed (little detail of service history) , so got a 12k service done at local garage, but 1 thing I wondered - cambelt change, is there a recommended mileage for this to be done - mine on 71K miles now - thanks in advance
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If you have a 323, you have a cam chain. I don't what the interval is, but, it's a much longer time than a belt. I have 132,000 miles and no chain troubles yet.
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Originally posted by tomctx+Apr 4 2005, 09:26 PM--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(tomctx @ Apr 4 2005, 09:26 PM)</div><div class='quotemain'><!--QuoteBegin-bmw323inewbie@Apr 4 2005, 03:02 PM
Folks ; as my E36 is now 9 years old, my mates reckon not worth getting serviced at a BM dealer due to cost,I agreed (little detail of service history) , so got a 12k service done at local garage, but 1 thing I wondered - cambelt change, is there a recommended mileage for this to be done - mine on 71K miles now - thanks in advance*
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If you have a 323, you have a cam chain. I don't what the interval is, but, it's a much longer time than a belt. I have 132,000 miles and no chain troubles yet.
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There are no set service intervals for the cam chain.
Most oftenly they last a cars lifetime. But if it breaks your fucked so checking it sometimes isn't a bad idea.
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