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Timing Chain Issues

I am looking for an MB convertable in the less than 15k range. Most of these have over 100k on them. My question is what is the approx. cost of doing the timing chain work that is required at 100k.
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RE: Timing Chain Issues

Hi sportfish,

October 27th, I paid the dealeship close to $960 to do the upper T/chain, Chain Tensioner, Tensioner rail, & the 3 T/chain guide rails. The price doesn't include the minor parts charge for the camshaft oiler nozzles & associated bits.

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RE: Timing Chain Issues

Timing chain should last more than 100K miles. Just replaced mine @ 230K (240D) and the original chain showed little wear.

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RE: Timing Chain Issues

Regarding "timing chain replacement intervals", the September/October 2004 issue of "The Star (MBCA Club magazine), by Stu Ritter (Technical Editor), page 90, states that timing chains for "inline engines" go a long way, from 100K to 200K miles or even more. However, the V8 motors, depending upon the year model, needs to be inspected as often as every 30K miles. It further states that in the event the chain and guide rails break, the cam and valves can collide, even punch through the valve cover. It is my understanding that if you can hear "chain slap" at startup, then it is critical to have it immediately checked out by a knowlegable mechancic.
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