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Would a crack in the drive belt (reported by Rover dealer, as 'ok until next service') be likely to cause any of the following:

Intermittent poor starting
Struggle for power sometimes
Excessive Fuel consumption
Judder on 1st gear (only) take up
Blowing/ticking noise below 2k rpm.

How much should a new drive belt (fitted) cost at a dealership?

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i assume you mean auxillary drive belt and not the cam belt

if its the cam belt then it needs sorting asap.

if its the drive belt then small cracks are ok - but like you say should be sorted at next service

symptoms you give could be anything - but i would start with the usual ignition system areas and work my way forwards

distrubutor, rotor arm, leads and spark plugs

assuming air filter is also good

I think it would be tempted to get it serviced now!
 

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No a cracked drive belt (assuming you mean the alternator belt) won't cause any of these problems.

I'd agree with the usual suspects of HT leads distributer cap and rotor arm being the first things to change/check when any rough running is experienced particularly in damp weather.

A belt costs usually under 5 pounds and takes about 15-30 mins to fit. Certainly an easy task to DIY if you fancy.
 
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