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#1 (permalink) Old 04-13-2004, 10:01 PM
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Okay this is it! I found a car and I am taking it to a shop tomorrow to have it checked out. If all goes well I will be taking my new baby 1997 328is home with me tomorrow!
Still a bit worried though because it has 118000 miles on it. It is in mint condition, drives awsome and I am getting a great price. But I don't want to end up dumping a bunch of money in to it as soon as I buy it. My main concern is the timming chain I have horrible memories of my dad's 528e and its timing chain going and taking a whole bunch of other shit with it! have any of you guys had to replace yours? Will a 97's last a long time?
PLEASE HELP! any advice will help!

Me soon--->
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congrats and 118000 is not bad at all for a bmw, they drive strong well past the 200s if maintained properly

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Just the ting I needed to hear!
But I am still worried about that timming belt thing!
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Congrats planunfurling: I hope that it checks out good for you.

I just picked up a 1997 328i last week. 112k kms (70k miles)

Carfax report checked out good. Other than that, I didn't have alot of the car's history, unfortunately. I only had the first few years. I just got back from the BMW dealership today. They did an all over checkup, and it turned out very good. I also got a little more of the car's history; the car has been maintained up until the summer of 2002 [by BMW dealerships.]

I got lucky with a great car without knowing much of it's history. Between Carfax and BMW dealerships, you should be able to tell wether or not it's been in a major accident; or written off at any point in it's life.

As far as the timing chain goes, I haven't heard of it being an issue, but I don't really know. With respect to the common problems of plastic control arm bushings and water pump impellors, [according to what I've read here] I got lucky on that too, as my car was manufactured in 7/97 [post-plastic.]

1997 was a prime year for BMWs, imo.

Good luck! You will love it!

Me now -->
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