Timing Chain is made with plastic parts?


Asked by Sep 06, 2013 at 09:19 AM about the 2010 MINI Cooper Clubman S FWD

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

A local repair shop (not dealer) has been handling the routine maintenance on my 2010 Mini Cooper S Clubman.  They recently warned me that the timing chain should be reworked/replaced as the vehicle now has 77,000 miles and the factory parts are partially plastic and are deteriorating.  Estimate was for around $1,500 - $2,000.  Does this sound correct, or are they trying to push me to do something not needed?

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Sad but true. The 100K maintenance warranty is worth every penny. Just be glad that you have a turbo and not a supercharged unit. At 100K, a rebuild is usually necessary if not properly lubricated, which is why most owners trade theirs prior.

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Thank you everyone, can you tell me your opinions about a VANOS unit? Here are the shops (2) quotes: Replace worn engine timing components wo/VANOS unit: $1264.82 Replace worn engine timing components w/VANOS unit: $1719.04 Should I proceed with a new VANOS, or without it? Suggestions?

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My estimate was $850 out the door to replace timing chain and tensioners. Mini S

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