Almost correct, it's 50k or 5 years now, whichever comes sooner.
mjt said:The reason I posed this question was that I was a bit surprised to hear a time quoted. Whilst I can see that a belt might develop a 'set' if not used for some time, which could potentially weaken it, I wouldn't have thought it would deteriorate significantly over time if just doing a regular low mileage (provided, of course, it didn't get contaminated with oil).
Be very, very careful with this. I bought a cambelt from [reputable motor factor] and the date of manufacture was two years previous.To give you an idea, a prestigious German Marque main dealer up this end of the Uk had to scrap a pile of brand new belts because they were on the shelf so long they were cracking at the teeth.