Cheers for reply, you saying you,change timing chain at 60k ?? Must cost a fortune!!
depends if you take it to a garage or not, chain kits are £200 ish for good brand. most garages it would seem charge £600-£900 for the job which is theft i feel. as 4 hours job done thats a lot of mark up and labour charges,
yep at first 60k they had new chain and bottom sprocket and tensioner, at 120k both at full timing chain kit with vanos sprockets that kit costs £225 for a FAI branded . the first change parts were around £100 as only do a partial change its the bottom sprocket and chain that tend to get worn out,
its funny mini bmw and psa are totally aware of this and still use same parts on prince engines except the tensioner was doubled in length around 2010 just to push when it fails more towards the 100k mark, but reality is i have seen just as many 2010-2013 cars as did with the earlier ones just tend to be 10k later maybe.
if your buying from a dealer could say to him will buy it if they change timing chain as your fully aware of these issues. all the dealers are aware of the prince engine,, could argue would save him a load of hassle in the future ie if chain goes south within the 6 months he will be liable under EU law to fix it and that could be destroyed engine.