I agree, changing the belts would be the biggest factor. However in my case the idler bearing in the OEM kit after being fitted, ended up spraying all the grease out after only 200 miles. So after getting a faulty bearing, decided to trash everything. Belt had FTP on it (not sure who the manufacturer is), obviously Fiat insignia; Cambelt tensioner says Koyo Japan and faulty idler was Ina. Call me superstitious, but I`d rather replace the whole kit. I might also add that the cambelt did not inspire much confidence either. Looked shoddy (this is only my opinion) and had a small nick or cut on the top of the belt.
The balancer belt kit (OEM) I can`t find fault with and the belt in particular looks well made and of good quality.
As far as replacing every 24k, you share my sentiments as well. I have all the tools, easy enough to change (learnt to take my time) and far cheaper than a cambelt failure!
Last edited by markonimel; 14-09-12 at 08:10.