Have a 2000 Subaru Outback. At ~150,000 miles had the head gaskets replaced as well as the timing belt (general rule of thumb is that the belt gets replaced while doing a job such as this). Just this weekend (4/4/14) at ~209,000 my timing belt blew while moving fast on the interstate.
Question is: is it unreasonable to think that 50,000 miles is a bit premature for a (new) timing belt to go? The mechanic who currently has my vehicle thinks that I should be in touch with the mechanic who performed the head gasket/timing belt replacement and that they essentially should pay for the timing belt that needs to now be replaced and any ensuing damage. I’d like to be on the same page with this idea, but I also want to make sure I have a leg to stand on when speaking with the mechanic who did the original work.
(Plus, the car is 3 hours and 200+ miles from home, meaning it would need to be towed – to much to hold the mechanic accountable for?)