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2014 1.4 BMax with just 20K miles on the clock.
At the last service, Ford dealer noted timing belt is due to be changed at 8 years and quoted over £650 to do the work.
Any opinions on whether this is critical to get done despite the low mileage? And any thoughts on the age? I've generally seen 10 years mentioned not 8 when I've had a brief search online.

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Hi,
Welcome to the site..

As my 1.4 is coming up to 7 years, I have an interest in this. I had a Vauxhall 1.6 many years ago and the belt went on that, luckily the design did not allow the valves to touch the pistons. Afterwards I investigated on a general basis, and it is not just the Timing Belt that causes the problems. You should also replace a the ancilliaries like the rollers (if not metallic) etc.
So with this unit, it then becomes a gamble; as I do not think the 1.4 has a metal roller system, due to this being mainly used on chain-type timing belts.
I hope we get some wisdom from the technically aware on the site as I do not fancy the belt system giving up on one of the infrequent motorway trips.

Gerry
 
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