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    The good news and the bad news....

    The good news, this is NOT an interference motor, so even a jumped timing chain should not bend any valves.

    The bad news, if your compression is that low on all cylinder, then yes you have probably crashed a tensioner and/or rail and thus have it jumped timing chain.

    Not overly complicated to change but if you've never done it before, get a pro.

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    Re: The good news and the bad news....

    Boy I had been waiting for your response all day and actually was glad by what you have told me. I think it may not be as bad as it could have been, and I think I might just do the repair and sell it at this point since i am beginning. to have other age related issues.

    Looking at an '03 530 sport as an option.

    Thanks for all your help and I will let you know what I find out.

    Mark

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    If you do decide to tackle this yourself.....

    Let me know if you want to try this yourself and I'll scan and e-mail the instructions from the Bentley manual (if you're serious at e34's, get one).

    Dog

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    Re: If you do decide to tackle this yourself.....

    Just drove down to L.A. and picked up a 2002 540i M Sport that is in real good shape and a very good price. I hope this one is as good to me as my e34. A whole bunch more power that is awesome!

    Will try to get my e34 running and sell her off.

    Thanks for all your help. I will let you know if I decide to tackle this myself.

    Mark

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