Posted 9th Apr 2010
Hi I have just purchased a 2004 (54) Vauxhall Astra 1.7 CDTI and read somewhere that the cambelt should be changed every 60,000 - 80,000 miles on Astras. I also read another document from Vauxhall claiming that on my particular model it should be changed every 10 years/100,000 miles. It has 97k on the clock with a full service history but no record of a belt change. I took it to a mechanic today and he more or less guaranteed to me that it had been changed...not by looking at it but judging by the mileage. He said that it must have been changed as it would have snapped by now if not...

I mentioned it to a couple of my friends and they said that was not true as some cam belts go forever so I'm not sure. I would like a bit of advice from someone who knows what they are talking about please because it is a big repair and the mechanics not gonna take the flak if the engine goes. I will also take it to a few mechanics tomorrow to have a look.

I also need a couple of minor parts and want to know if I can buy them from any shops (to save me waiting for ebay delivery and the hassle of a scrapyard). It's a passenger side seatbelt buckle and the drivers side electric window switch.

Any help would be much appreciated.
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