Date: Thu, 10 Jul 2003 07:56:45 +0100
From: Grunff <>
Subject: Re: 9000 CSE 2.3T Buying tips 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? You hear these warnings over and over, but you very rarely hear a story about a chain actually breaking, or even being worn enough to require replacement. There's a Saab garage near me where I occasionally buy parts. I was speaking to their mastertech about chains, and he says that in 20 years he's only ever seen one broken chain, and that in a typical year he replaces 2-3 chains. -- Grunff

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