Fixing all your keys
AO Silver Member
Join Date: Mar 2001
Location: United Kingdom
County: Tyne and Wear
Timing belt/chain - relax
When I moved from regularly using an 8v 2.0 155 and moved on to my 156 V6 I was sad to see it retired, not only because it was great but also because I now had a big expensive engine that was most powerful at silly revs yet only held together by a puny timing belt. The 155 had a nice dependable timing chain, one that you knew would just go on and on but the 156 had a siilly rubber band. Let face it, we all worry about belts snapping (or is it just me).
Today at work a friend glumly told me that his Vauxhall Vectra 2.2 desiel had died at the weekend after 70K miles. No real loss to the roads perhaps, but it had a (wait for it) timing chain! How the hell did that happen!
Oddly this now makes me happier as I know that neither chains nor belts are reliable and so I might as well stop worrying that I`m driving something likely to explode at any moment as it could happen to any car at any time - its just fate and topped up oil that make any difference to the life of your car.