Hi folks, itís been many a year since I last posted here when I picked up a beautiful new Park Lane in 2006. Three children and a Discovery 4 later, Iíve just bought an Ď09 Cooper Mayfair to cover short runs when everyone is at school. I absolutely adored the Park Lane and never forgot it, selling it five years later following an accident. In fact, seeing there are a few around, I very nearly bought one again but thought 13 years was a bit long in the tooth and believed Iíd be better off to pay a bit more for an R56. Of course, itís ***ís Law that between purchase and delivery (tomorrow) Iíve done a lot of reading here about timing chains and oil guzzling and realised I might have been better off with the Park Lane after all.
What Iíd love to know from you experienced people is what I should do to keep the car happy and healthy. I donít intend to sell it, it will become part of the family, and as such I want to maintain it as best I can. Apart from checking the oil often and using 5w30, and making sure the timing belt is changed next service, is there anything else I should do?
Thanks for any advice and please excuse my ignorance!
its not a timing belt its a timing chain that behaves like a timing belt it would seem, ie treat it as a serviceable item that needs changing i say 60k is its life, some travel to 100k rarely but the extra damage it does is a problem as eat the cat and 02 sensors as well as other deep issues within the bores from running retarded for so long, we have a couple of cooper s turbo cars that get treated like this very 60k timing chain replace and they are reliable, trouble with the chains stretching is it happens over time so the driver dont feel it, until they fit new chain and everyone i have every changed one for all say the same ho my god its fast again, it dont need to be making chain noises to be out of time , from when noises start it could be 10 minutes or 20.000 miles just cant tell, but when it does spin its chain its big bucks,
i have lost count the amount of chains i have done, mostly around the 60k mark and all have been out of time when locking tool has been installed,
as for the gen 1 cars its old hat now and they also suffer certain problems with head gasket and abs pumps for a past time etc, even rust around the back end.
did you know the prince engine won loads of prizes for design and emissions for a number of years,, that said their problem has always been the timing chain design its a shame as that engine in a Peugeot rcz makes 269bhp thats a lot for the size, just wish someone would design a higher tensile chain or a duplex type chain for them would solves most of its issues