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Timing belt roulette

If it were mine I would'nt take the risk - if the belt went and wrecked the engine the vehicle would probably become uneconomic to repair. The V6 engine is tres expensive to fix, etc. Plus getting the belt replaced would be cheaper than a day out for all at Legoland. If it broke down imagine 400 miles from home and paying for an overnight stay, etc.
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Haynes recomends changing the belt at much less than 72k, in the case of the Clio 36k. Must be for a reason
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My boss ran his 406 v6(same engine) over 100,000 on the original belt.We eventually changed it at 105k as he sold it to someone else.

You know what sods law dictates,though.

I'd rather push my Alfa than drive a BMW....
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No you're all missing the point.....

You're supposed to be telling me stories of how many renault's you know have done well over eighty thousand miles on one belt.

How bullet proof the engine's are.

How great a weekend it will be!!

How I have nothing to worry about.

How can a timing belt know the difference between
72050 miles and 72850 miles.

Can't you see I am in premiership denial here!!!!!!
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I took my Astra to nearly double the recommended limit before the timing belt failed (63K when it was due at 36K.) Foolishly, I'd assumed that just because it was routinely dealer serviced, they'd actually do what needed doing when it needed doing. Apparently it was my fault for not specifically asking them to change the belt at the 36K service. Fortunately the old Vauxhall 1.6 8v donk was a non-interference design.

Being rational about this, the risk of failure increases gradually over time and mileage. The belt isn't 100% reliable up to 72,000 miles, and then a disaster waiting to happen from 72,001 onwards - it can fail with 5 miles on the clock or still be going strong at 150K.

The real issue here is how hard you'd be kicking yourself if it did fail and you knew you'd left it too late. If it fails at 71,999 miles then that's bad luck. If it fails at 72,001 then you'll feel like you've nobody to blame but yourself.

What's more, if an excursion like this is not in line with how the car's usually driven, then that might increase the risk of failure. A friend of mine had the timing belt go on his car - he'd been using it as a taxi for local journeys for years and it was fine. He took it on a motorway run up to Aberdeen, and 'bang!' - new engine time. It could have been coincidence, but I reckon it was more to do with a worn belt not being up to the job of holding high engine RPM's for long periods of time.

Ultimately, it's your decision. I'd go with what everyone else is saying and postpone it until after you've had the belt done.
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