2.0 Twin Spark Belt Replacement/mileage vs age
Greetings from Canada!
I am a new member and have just acquired a '97 Spider 2.0 Twin Spark that was originally exported to Japan and now that it is 15 years old it has made it's way into Canada. The amount of KMs is very low (less than 30K) and the car appears to be completely original and sounds like one would expect a car with this mileage to sound.
I had it inspected and the mechanic had a peak at the timing belt without going to the trouble of unbolting things to have a fully unencumbered view and what he could see (the top side of the belt in one section) didn't show any signs of cracks. Based on what I have read thus far on the timing belt replacement it is suggested that it is replaced at half the recommended interval of 72,000 kms, or in other words at 36,000 kms.
My plan is to change the timing belt, tensioners and water pump once the parts come in but firstly I need to bring the car to my city which is about 300 kms away. I am looking for input from other members that may have some experience with timing belts that required changing or god forbid broke due to the elapsed time vs the mileage on the car.
My preference would be just to fly up and drive the car back on the same day but if the consensus is that the risk is simply too great to do so then I will need to look at having the car transported.
Thanks in advance for any and all input.
Youth and Wisdom