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post #11 of 13 (permalink) Old 01-05-2010, 02:07 PM
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I've replaced mine at 55K and 105K on the E320. I travel back and forth to the bay (160 miles dailey) and would hate to be on the side of the road over a belt. I have the one that I recently took off in the trunk, just in case for some strange reason the new one fails. Got some bulbs back there too, better safe than sorry.

FYI, the belt is about $32 from Autohaus. Good time to check your Idler pulley and belt tensioner too.

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post #12 of 13 (permalink) Old 01-05-2010, 02:31 PM
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I replaced mine few months ago at over 190k/12 years on the car. Belt looks original with lot of small cracks, but still holding. The car originally come from colder states and even in CA summer never warms up above 85C.
Had one MULTI V-Belt breaking on me. Freshly purchased MB from Texas with 320k on odometer. I was still able to drive the car for couple of miles at the time before engine overheated.
So my conclusion is that factors in belt life are
-time
-operating temperatures
while load and mileage is secondary factor.
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I'm pretty sure mine is the original with 8-9 years and 83,000 miles.

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