Not MX5 related, but many years ago I had a Ford Escort, and one Saturday I went to visit some friends, about a 200 mile round trip, and as I reversed into the drive at the end of a long day, the car cut out and refused to restart. I got it towed to the garage, and was told it needed a new timing belt, but despite being an interference engine, there was no damage whatsoever. Lucky or what!So they say but I still wouldn't want it to snap whilst driving up a smart motorway, they never snap whilst in the garage Murphy's law.
100% yes.I have a newly acquired 2004 Arctic 2.5 special edition. At 18yrs old, it has only done 26,000 miles.
Should I change the timing belt on account of age rather than mileage?
Yes Bill, I think we all have to be a bit like that from time to time.The trouble is Elaine has only just stopped grumbling about the cost of the last timing belt , wasting all that money on my toys and whims now I'll have to go through it all again, it's a good job I'm thick skinned and deaf.