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Old 10-07-2012, 08:43 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh area
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So 06 and newer civics have chains, is that correct?
That is what I have found, yes, 2006 and newer Civics are chains. That was news to me tonight though; I hadn't been paying attention to that detail.

It's pretty easy to do a search on the cars you are considering, especially if you're talking used. You might have to wade through a few sources before you can 100% conclude for sure but the right info should be out there.
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Old 10-07-2012, 08:55 PM
 
Location: Center Township (Pittsburgh), PA
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Our 2013 escape 1.6 ecoboost uses a belt with 100k service intervals. The optional 2.0 ecoboost uses a chain
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Old 10-07-2012, 09:03 PM
 
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I'm thinking a used corolla around 04-05 is going to give me the best value for the money the mileage is listed at 40 hwy and they use a chain as well, know I just need to compare insurance rates.
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Old 10-07-2012, 09:19 PM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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Per Toyota's website, 4-cylinder Camry's have had timing chains in all model years since 2002. Corollas have had timing chains since 1998. Toyota Help Faq.
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Old 10-07-2012, 09:50 PM
 
Location: Old Bellevue, WA
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The older subarus (I had an 82 brat) were gear on gear. I wonder why they went away from that. I liked that car. 30+mpg, performed great in snow and on logging trails, and I, a relative mechanical dufus, could do a lot of the work myself. I had to change the alternator out once, and it was like a 5 minute job. I asked my mechanic about the timing chain when my milage was getting up there, and he told me it was gear on gear, and not to worry about it.
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Old 10-08-2012, 07:31 AM
 
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I believe all if not most nissan 4cyl cars have timing chains.
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Old 10-08-2012, 10:54 AM
 
Location: DFW area
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I'm thinking a used corolla around 04-05 is going to give me the best value for the money the mileage is listed at 40 hwy and they use a chain as well, know I just need to compare insurance rates.
You can't go wrong with the '04-08 Corollas. I've owned two, an '04 with 155k bought new and currently an '07 with 73k on it.
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Old 10-08-2012, 11:11 AM
 
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I've heard that the trend is timing chains with self adjusting idlers they last longer than a timing belt. I don't have any link or anything to back it up though.
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Old 10-08-2012, 11:32 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh area
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I've heard that the trend is timing chains with self adjusting idlers they last longer than a timing belt. I don't have any link or anything to back it up though.
It certainly should be true but I have no personal experience. I've had a lot of high mile cars including my current one with the highest yet, but they've all been belts. My mother has a 2003 Matrix; I think it's doing okay at around...140k or something.
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Old 10-08-2012, 12:12 PM
 
Location: Greenville, NC
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Generally, most American cars have a chain and a lot of foreign cars have a belt.
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