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thanks, was not sure how long it could go. was also concerned about the guides, but them too should be ok?

daughter has to make this car last
 

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Yes, outside of changing oil, plugs, and perhaps an occasional throttle body cleaning at the specified intervals you shouldn't need to worry about the engine causing you problems. If you had a VW on the other hand... ha.
 

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^ Truth. I just did a complete timing set on a vr6 jetta with 103k. There were no timing guides left and the chains were just flopping around.
I found what remained of the guides in the oil pan.

The ecotec engines seem to be pretty good when well maintained. I'll admit I abuse mine quite a bit and its held up just fine.

I have replaced my timing chain tensioner, only to find the original was the newer style. And I believe those don't really need service.
Yours being an 08 likely has the newer style.
 
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