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:question:Hi all, please could you offer some help or advice with regard to Cam Belt renewal on my 160 VVC. I know that service intervals are every 60,000 miles or every 4yr's which ever come's sooner. However, she currently shows 36,000 on the clock now and when I first purchased her last year she still only had only done 26,000. she is 7yr's old (2001 Y) I have since owner her had oil/ filter changed twice, and coolant, brake fluid, spark plugs and gear box oil renewed recently. Although the former keeper had a well kept record, but nothing concerning cam belt. I enquired to my local Rover dealer who suggested that due to low miliage the cam belt should be ok, and I have also contacted the previous owner who confirmed that the cam belt had NEVER been changed for the same reason. In the ideal world, on the understanding the cam belt had been done when the car was 4yr's old, I would have got the cambelt renewed again as she turn's 8yr's old next year. As in this instance it hasn't worked out quite like that or as I had hoped, I now need some urgent help or advice to what to do next!!! Am I safe for afew more miles yet with running an original cam belt on a 7yr old car, having covered approx: 36,000 miles or am I running serious risk of the cam belt breaking?! PLEASE HELP!!!
 

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im in the exact same boat mate, only difference is mines 51 plate and its blue :D
planning to get it done over the next month
 

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Get it changed as soon as possible. The rubber changes with age.

I do about 10K miles per year on my 160 but will be changing the timing belts at the four year service.

I would just not take the risk.

I will tell you a true story.

I am an electronic engineer and many many years ago I was involved for a short time with the North British Rubber company in Fountainbridge in Edinburgh.

They were developing rubber timing belts to replace the chain ones on the BMC A series engines. The test vehicles were supercharged MG 1100's (the four seater ones) They had a well set up workshops which included a couple of rolling roads.

The prototype belts were very successful but they has one serious problem.
They had made them so strong that their life expectancy exceeded that of the engines.
They were sent away by the manufacturers to redesign them with a life expectancy of less than 100K miles so that the car builders would have an outlet to sell replacement belts throughout the vehicles life.

Such is the way of the motor industry.
 

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:thankyou: To everyone who replied to my post!!! This has been driving me crazy recently LoL! My Local Main Dealer will do Cam Belt Change for £300.00 Inc: (Parts, Labour & VAT!) This being first time I would have had the Cam Belt changed on my Zed, I am only going on price from Local Main Dealer with as I've been assured, although they are now Ford, are all Fully Mg Rover Trained Technicians! (All the better!) .. But would this price be about right, or would I be paying over the odds (Even by Main Dealer prices!) How much has it cost you in past or recently to have Cam Belt Changed by Garage or otherwise? I definately wouldn't be confident enough nor have specialist tools/ equipment or know-how, to do the job myself that's for sure! LoL .. Hope to hear from you soon! Thanku
 

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At that age you will need to get it changed regardless of millage. Mine was the same and I got the belts done 2 weeks ago at the same time as the head gasket.
 

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:thankyou: To everyone who replied to my post!!! This has been driving me crazy recently LoL! My Local Main Dealer will do Cam Belt Change for £300.00 Inc: (Parts, Labour & VAT!) This being first time I would have had the Cam Belt changed on my Zed, I am only going on price from Local Main Dealer with as I've been assured, although they are now Ford, are all Fully Mg Rover Trained Technicians! (All the better!) .. But would this price be about right, or would I be paying over the odds (Even by Main Dealer prices!) How much has it cost you in past or recently to have Cam Belt Changed by Garage or otherwise? I definately wouldn't be confident enough nor have specialist tools/ equipment or know-how, to do the job myself that's for sure! LoL .. Hope to hear from you soon! Thanku
I got quoted £360 by the ex Rover dealer in Witney the other day so yours sounds about right :)
 

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The guy I use says he can do a complete HG change for that price Chris. It wasnt that much more that I paid for the head gasket, head refurbishment and cam belt change on the Rover 416 GTi, and thats a Honda engine where the parts are more expensive. I could tell you some horror stories about the Ford garage but last time, they threatened me with slander for telling the truth on another forum!
 
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