Date: Thu, 10 Jul 2003 18:50:33 +0000 (UTC)
From: "SimonJ" <>
Subject: Re: 9000 CSE 2.3T Buying tips

<> wrote in message news:beihq1$5ee3o$ > Someone who looks an awful lot like SimonJ <> wrote: > > > Ba;ance shaft tensioner, chains etc stretch and wear badly by 100,000, so > > make sure it is a reon engine, or budget to replace those also. > > Really? I can see maybe the old-style tensioner (pre-87 I think), > but it's not unusual at all to have the chain last the lifetime of the > car (300K miles and up isn't unusual). Where are people getting these > self-destructing trannies and chains, and why aren't they asking about > them here, I wonder? > I have seen plenty of questions here about replacing the balance chains, and it is a know weakness of the 234 and 204 engine. Not only does the chain wear, but the sprockets wear badly. As for chains breaking, that is very rare, and if you are willing to put up with eratic timing, and the noise of a badly worn chain, then it probably will last 300,000 miles.

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