I towed a buddy of mine home last night in his 2004 Chevy Aveo. It had quit running right in the middle of the highway, and he suspected the timing belt was gone. Well, on this Aveo you can peel back the timing belt cover just an inch or so…enough to see that yes, the timing belt was not there anymor
Here’s the thing though: it was replaced, as per recommendation, at 70,000 miles, just six months ago. It was not done at a dealer but at a reputable mechanic’s shop.
Maybe it was a faulty belt. Maybe it was the plastic belt tensioner that gave way. But he did the appropriate maintenance, and now’s he’s facing either a $2-3k repair bill or finding a new car. (And did I mention he’s pretty broke?)
Who should be footing the tab here? Is it GM, the mechanic, the belt manufacturer, or my (poor, unlucky) buddy? What do you think?