Originally Posted by CSFiend
If you feel like throwing money away right now, sure, replace it. But if you leave it alone, I'd bet my A$$ that it'll last you for another 20K before replacement actually becomes a serious concern. I wish I had pics of mine. I was REALLY concerned about it and still drove on it for another 5K before I finally gave in and replaced it before it failed.
CS...please think about how you say things. Looking at this belt it is cracked, and yes sometimes a belt will be left on longer than it should. Leaving a cracked, beat up belt on the car longer than necessary is a possible liablilty.
The reason I say this is anytime you let regular preventative maintenance lag, you are taking a chance of breaking down on the road or having a more costly repair.
My suggestion is if you can afford to replace the belt, do so. This is not the worst belt we have seen, however it is time to plan it'* replacement.