Re: And it might be repairable, too
You are dancing around answering the question. What has Revs, auto vs. manual, lift, clutched vs. engaged, backfire (that slows/stops the engine), has to do with the fact he said "the engine cranked over"? It means he cranked the engine repeatedly before testing led him to find out the timing chain was broken. What does that tell you on top of the fact it has "ZERO" compression in the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and the 6th hole?
Even if it has all piston punctured and all valve bent it can be repaired. But at what cost?
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'94 540it built 3/93, converted to 6 speed w/a '93 e32 M60, 4.0L Nikasil engine
'01 540it, built 6/01
'03 325i 5 speed, built 9/02