Yep used to be rule of thumb was change belt at 60k and water pump same time....I hated beltsI have only ever had to change 1 belt out of all the cars I've owned, and it was a turd anyway. Chains are good. Too bad I can't get a noisy gear drive for my Coupe. I always loved that "whine" in my mustang.
My 99 hatch has a belt, I changed it at 107k miles, but it was also 14 years old. The belt had no large cracks in it was still in good shape.I have a '04 civic that definitely uses a belt. It's got to be changed every 7 years or a maximum of some mileage I can't recall. Real PITA !
You lucked out then lol. My dad had a '97 Tracer, with only 7xxxx on it. Biggest POS ever. We had fun with it though, only because it was fun to flog it.I had a 99 Ford escort, 138k miles, stock timing belt, ran great.
That was a super good car.
I might normally agree with you, but that escort was great. I had it 10 years, and had absolutely zero issues. Seriously. I changed oil, spark plugs & wires one time, tires, and one belt. That's pretty much it. Honestly, probably best car I've ever had.You lucked out then lol. My dad had a '97 Tracer, with only 7xxxx on it. Biggest POS ever. We had fun with it though, only because it was fun to flog it.
It was his backup car at the time. He raced some dude in a Camaro on I-95 at 100 MPH in it...he's turning 59 in November. I know where my immaturity comes from...