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Old 08-12-2009, 04:28 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question E36 328i.....camBELT or camCHAIN ???

Hi all,

i'm currently selling a 1996 328i and have been asked by an interested buyer when or if the cambelt has been changed. I always thought it was a chain not a belt in the E36 but would appreciate confirmation so i can let thew guy know.

Also, if it is a chain what is the suggested mileage for a new one? Likewise for a belt?

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It is definitely a chain drive. Usually people do not change them unless there is a reason, and mileage or age isn't a good reason.
Have you changed or upgraded your cooling system ie rad, hoses, water pump? That is the question he should have asked.

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no upgrades to rad, hoses, water pump etc. regullarly serviced so its been treated to plenty of oil. thanks everyone, very helpful
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