Sooooo, "Frigg" is an 05 with roughly 6500 miles on her. She has the original belt rollers etc. The parts people "The Man" was pretty adiment about "you have to replace the belt, it's gonna snap any second. Now that I've got everything cleaned in the transmission case, the belt looks great. No cracks or flaking, looks pretty solid. All that being said I was told the belt deteriorates over time, regardless of miles. I'm just not seeing any damage or deterioration. I guess I'll put on the new one since I've already got it all apart, but I think I'll save the old one as a "road spare".
I think that is a wise decision. 14 years is a very long time to be on the original belt. As you say, you cannot determine the condition of the belt whilst it is in situ. Get it changed and give yourself peace of mind.
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