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Hello:

I just bought a used 2009 Rio LX with 29000 miles.

Is it true that the newer Rios have timing belt that are better than earlier models, say 2003-2004?

I read that earlier models, at least, have TB that is too thin or too narrow to last 60,000 miles.

Is it rather responsible to change the TM in my 2009 LX at 6 year or 60,000, whatever comes first?

I am in SoCal where the temperature is mild and does not change much.
 

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its always best to follow the manufactures specs on doing anything on these cars. i did my belt at 55,000 miles, really wasnt that bad. cost me $150.00 with the kit and water pump.
 

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What is up with these early timing belt changes anyway? If your belt is fine, no tears or teeth missing its fine. Water pump too? My '09 Rio has just rolled over 159,000kms on the original belt. Personally your just throwing away money unless your pulling the head to do a gasket or a valve job.
Can you get the belt separate? Or is it kit only? I would try a different parts supplier.
 
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