Now driving a BMW :(
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Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: West Yorkshire
<blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:<hr /><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by bazza:
<strong>I'd still go for option 1. Even if they do it under warrantee, do you really want to have to take your car in to have the whole top end replaced?</strong><hr /></blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">I had a pulley go on a Corsa Gsi, and it needed a new bottom end too.
It is a complete grey area, and a nightmare. If your dealer says leave it until 72,000 you could ask for it in writing that this is OK, but they probably won't be around when you get to 72 k!!
How old is the car?? The other way of looking at it is that many other manufacturers recommend doing it at 5 years if you don't do many miles. This is a fair point as it is only a rubber belt and deteriorates with age as well as use.
Last thing - is your warranty the full proper thing introduced recently, or the old "it says 3 years, but it's not worth the paper its wriiten on"?
For my money I would swap it at 36,000 or 48,000 miles. When you see a cam belt, it;s a crappy £20 little thing that looks like it's come off a hoover, and thats the only thing keeping your engine in synch!!
eek! eek! eek!