BMW 5 Series Timing Belt Or Chain? (1981 – 2017)

Does A BMW 5 Series Have A Timing Belt (Cambelt) Or A Chain?

Here is a list of timing belts and timing chains for a BMW 5 Series. Reference the model year with the corresponding engine to see if your car has a belt or a chain.


BMW 5 Series
Model YearEngineBelt / Chain
1981 - 19981.8 L M10 I4 (518, 518i)timing chain
2.0-2.7 L M20 I6 (520i, 525e, 528e)timing belt
2.5-3.4 L M30 I6 (525i, 528i, 533i, 535i)timing chain
3.5 L M88 I6 (M5)timing chain
3.5 L S38 I6 (M5)timing chain
2.4 L M21 I6 (524d, 524td)timing belt
1988 - 1995 (E34)1.8 L M40 I4 (518i)timing belt
1.8 L M43 I4 (518i)timing chain
2.0-2.5 L M20 I6 (520i, 525i)timing belt
2.0-2.5 L M50 I6 (520i, 525i)timing chain
3.0-3.4 L M30 I6 (530i, 535i)timing chain
3.5-3.8 L S38 I6 (M5)timing chain
3.0-4.0 L M60 V8 (530i, 540i)timing chain
2.4 L M21 turbo I6 (524td)timing belt
2.5 L M51 turbo I6 (525td)timing chain
1996 - 2003 (E39)2.0 - 2.8 L M52 I6 (520i, 523i, 528i)timing chain
2.0 - 3.0 L M54 I6 (525i, 530i)timing chain
3.5-4.4 L M62 V8 (535i, 540i)timing chain
4.9 L S62 V8 (M5)timing chain
2.0 L M47 turbo I4 (520d)timing chain
2.5 L M51 turbo I6 (525td, 525tds)timing chain
2.5 - 3.0 L M57 turbo I6 (525d, 530d)timing chain
2004 - 2010 (E60 / E61)2.0 L N46 I4 (520i)timing chain
2.0 L N43 (520i)timing chain
2.5 L N52B25 (525i, 523i)timing chain
2.5 - 3.0 L N53 (523i, 525i, 528i)
2.2 - 3.0 L M54 I6v(520i, 525i)timing chain
3.0 L N54 turbo I6 (535i)timing chain
4.0 - 4.8 L N62 V8 (540i, 545i)timing chain
5.0 L S85 V10 (M5)timing chain
2.0 L M47 turbo I4 (520d)timing chain
2.0 L N47 turbo I4 (520d)timing chain
2.5 - 3.0 L M57 turbo I6 (525d, 530d, 535d)timing chain
2011 - 2016 (F10 / F11)1.6 - 2.0 L N20 I4 turbo (520i)timing chain
2.5 - 3.0 L N52 I6 NA (523i, 528i)timing chain
3.0 L N55 I6 turbo (535i)timing chain
4.4 L N63 V8 turbo (550i)timing chain
4.4 L S63B44 (M5)timing chain
2.0 L N47 I4 turbo (518d, 520d)timing chain
2.0 L B47 (520d)timing chain
3.0 L N57 I6 turbo (525d, 535d, M550d)timing chain
2017 (G30 / G31 / G38)2.0 L B48 turbocharged I4 (520i, 530i)timing chain
3.0 L B58 turbocharged I6 (540i)timing chain
4.4 L N63TU2 turbocharged V8 (M550i)timing chain
4.4 L S63 (M5)timing chain
2.0 L B47 turbocharged I4 (520d, 525d)timing chain
3.0 L B57 turbocharged I6 (530d, 540d ,M550d)timing chain
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