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It's a 2009 Holden Barina TK with 44,000 km on the clock. The mechanic is recommending that it's time to change the timing belt, but it seems to soon to me for such a costly procedure.

When I've had them changed in other cars it's been closer to the 150k service.

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Your mechanic is trying to get you to get you to do maintenance you don't need. Just tell him "No" and get it done at the proper maintenance interval. Like you said, it's expensive enough. No need to make it even more expensive. Besides, if anything were to happen (which I doubt would) between your current mileage and what is recommended, your warranty will cover it. Another old saying which may apply here is ... If it ain't broke, don't fix it. ... I'd modify it a bit to say, If it isn't worn out, don't replace it. –  Paulster2 Feb 19 at 12:34

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I don't know that car specifically, but in general, Holdens have their timing belt (and waterpump) replaced every 75000km to 120000km.

But open your car's service booklet. It should tell you the service schedules and what you need to do at each interval. Usually all of them will suggest at least inspecting belts for wear. Keep in mind that a broken timing belt will cause major engine damage, usually in the form of bent valves and pistons.

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It appears to be 4 years/60,000km. Oh well. –  KiwiNige Feb 19 at 8:17
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Strange. I just checked wikipedia and your Barina is sold in South Africa as the Opel Corsa D. I have a Corsa B and its interval is 90 000km and the D model has the exact same engine, except for having a more efficient header. Oh well, do what the book says. The parts for these cars are cheap enough. –  Juann Strauss Feb 19 at 9:03
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@JuannStrauss ... Not only are the parts cheap, but the alternative (as you describe) is fairly costly. –  Paulster2 Feb 19 at 12:30
    
For reference: the South African price for an OEM timing belt kit is the equivalent of about 60 to 80 AUD. That doesn't include labour, but labour should be about 2 to 4 hours. –  Juann Strauss Feb 20 at 11:33

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