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Long time gear head here. Old international Scouts, BMW motorcycles and other things with wheels. Sister purchased a 2011R56 non turbo ten years ago. She just ordered a new Cooper S and will sell me the 2011. Only 29000k on the clock and always serviced at the dealership. Runs great. Need to figure out preventive maintenance going forward. Timing chain replacement etc. Looking forward to enjoying this fun little car!!!!!
 

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timing chain around 60000 miles before is better as they do stretch ,, would change oil every 8k and 12 months and not the silly 24 months longlife rubbish, gearbox oil bmw say sealed for life another dimwit idea 4k good point , change coolant every 3 years is fine same as brake fluid
 

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Thank you for the reply. I told my sister I wanted the car when she purchased it new. I have know the car the entire time but not really heard the chain rattle as I have not looked for it. I don't think it is rattling but will check in a couple days.
 

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some dont make a noise its more of a silent engine killer as it will run with retarded timing and cause internal damages from lean out or rich running depending how hot car is and where in rev band ,, also mpg get hurt really bad at worst,, bmw fitted new long chain tensioners on newer ones like yours so it kicks the can up the road by 20k before total failure but causes other issues,,, real issue in the thin crap bad chain they use and still use on psa cars
 

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This is the best timing chain on the market right now.
Either way when purchasing a new chain it behooves one to look for a chain for the N14
engine as it will state it in the title. as in my case your case N18
 

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some dont make a noise its more of a silent engine killer as it will run with retarded timing and cause internal damages from lean out or rich running depending how hot car is and where in rev band ,, also mpg get hurt really bad at worst,, bmw fitted new long chain tensioners on newer ones like yours so it kicks the can up the road by 20k before total failure but causes other issues,,, real issue in the thin crap bad chain they use and still use on psa cars
 

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Is that the same Chain for the N16 non turbo? Thanks
 

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Is that the same Chain for the N16 non turbo? Thanks
the chains its self is same through all prince engines ,, bmw factory fitment chains are made by febi bilsteen, the differences are the guides between n14 and n12 n16 and n18,,, also later chain kits have a updated tensioner its longer and has a reduced force spring in it ie they were trying to reduce the wear with the tensioner,, rather than deal with the problem chain ie do away with it and fit duplex would of been a better option in my view, wonder where that race chain was made and by who and more to point anyone who has fitted one and done better mileages on it,, also the other issue is bottom sprockets they wear like hell,, 1mm of wear there is 4 degrees of crank out of time ,, ie on a car done 60k common for the teeth where chain sits to wear and feather the teeth in one direction,, on the very rare cars i have seen with over 100k on the factory chain kit then at some point run over these links and jump teeth and bend al the valves as well a prolonged running destroys the to end and cat and 02 sensors etc,, hence why a mileage based timing chain point is best option on them ie 60,000 miles on normally driven ones and earlier on hammered cars as more revs and stress is more wear,, FAI and febi good brands good value on price and both will easy do that mileages
 

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So I might be ok for a little while on my Base Mini with only 29000 miles before I do the timing chain service. This car was not driven hard at all, only 4 miles to work and back on a daily basis. If one were looking at a turbo version N18 I guess the lower the milage the better as it relates to the timing chain if it has not been changed yet?
 

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for sure low miles and well looked after cant beat it,, do need to once a month give is some 4000 revs run time for 20 minutes this will clean the cat and 02 sensors with heat,,
 

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One other question. Is there a club website that I can check the service records with the vin number?? I once had a toyota and could log on and see every service at the dealership.....
 
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