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What are peoples opinions on timing belt life? - according to the manual it is 60,00km or 3 years whichever comes first... well ive been trying to sell the car for a month or so now and im thinking i should do the belts before i sell it - not least because it now 3 years and 2 months since they were done (!)... the thing is im now worried about driving it as i will have to wait a month or so until i have the money to get them done... so should the car sit while i just use the scooter ? the car was being driven almost daily till i downgraded :confused: i was allways under the impression that saying three years as a time limit was more for the owner that hardly drives their car and thus makes the belts harden.. opinions?
 

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mate i have had the sprint in our family for nearly 10 years, the first 6 it was driven regularly, the last five it wasnt, i just got it running again, and i cant remember anyone doing a timing belt, also prob not that hard to do yourself...

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mate i have had the sprint in our family for nearly 10 years, the first 6 it was driven regularly, the last five it wasnt, i just got it running again, and i cant remember anyone doing a timing belt, also prob not that hard to do yourself...

cheers batesy
yeah i figure though, that it would be just my luck that it goes bang right after the 'due' date - still im sure thats not most peoples experiences :D ive thought of doing it myself - there are some good guides - just a bit paranoid of screwing it up! lol a basic service is about the extent of my abilities :eek:

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http://www.trofeoalfasud.com/content/view/30/81/
Here is a good link for 8v boxers. The workshop manuals are a good starting point as well. I changed the belts and tensioners on my 8v motor about 2 years ago. It was a fairly easy job. I would imagine most buyers are looking for a car with fresh timing belts, I know I would be.

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The hardest thing about doing the belts is getting off the plastic covers !!
Do the belts, they're cheap - valves and piston contact isn't.

besides.. knowing you've just done the belts, your potential new owner will be reassured that you have taken care of her, and ignore the 2 gear crunch, rust, clunky CV and rear window winder that just won't go down.




I had two sprints.
 
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