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    Chain Driven - Belt

    Just phoned up vauxhall to confirm that my 2.2 coupe is chain driven, Ive read that this isnt exactly a good thing? What would you advise?

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    I havent had a problem as yet mate,but ive heard of others having there chains get noisy etc. Fingers-crossed with plenty of oil changes etc i should be ok.
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    There were a few 2.2s that snapped timing chains, but that was a lubrication fault in some early engines mostly in the Vectra.

    I prefer the chain to the big rubber band. My 1.2 Corsa is chain driven, it's probably a bit noisier than belt, but it should hopefully not snap.
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    yer id be happier knowing a metal chain is stopping all my valves getting bent rather than a rubber band!
    Any info on V6 MK4 conversions greatly appreciated!
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    yea, im not fussed about it aslong as its safe, is it worth getting it replaced at all, or is it not really worth it, and is there anything i can do to make sure it stays working?

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    I honestly can't see what your problem is with chain driven, futhermore I'd suggest that what you've read about them not being a good idea, is a load of crap.

    All you need to do is keep it serviced and it will last much much longer than a belt

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    Chain driven cams should be good for the life of the engine.

    My tractor's engine was built in '48, and it still has the original cam chain on it. OK, the tensioner had worn right off after 50 years of use, but when I rebuilt the engine I just put a new tensioner on, a new cam bearing, and it's as good as new. The chain will outlive the rest of the engine - after 57 years the block has become so porus it's starting to split in half at the water jacket...
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    Agreed with Geoff!
    Mate, what would you rather hang off a cliff with- a metal chain or a rubber belt?! Do the bloody maths!

    Chains normally get changed at about 120K miles
    Any info on V6 MK4 conversions greatly appreciated!
    ----x--Petey--x----

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    hehe, im not disagreeing, or saying that chain driven is bad, basically all i was going on is the things ive heard about them being crappy. You have all put my mind at rest saying they are fine etc, so now im happy knowing that

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