My Volkswagen Golf has done 57,000 miles, do I need to change my cam chain even if it has no problems yet?

I have a Volkswagen Golf Mk6 TSI and I was wondering what the guidelines for a cam belt/chain replacement are? I have done 57,000 miles with no change, do you think it would need replacing? I haven't noticed any problems. Also, are cam chains as expensive as belts? Do they cause major issues, like a cam belt, if they go?
Whether it's a 1.4 TSI, a 1.8 TSI or a 2.0 TSI, it will be a chain cam engine. If it has already lasted well with no rattles then change the engine oil at least every year or every 10,000 miles, whichever comes first, and it should be okay. The problem comes from timing chains made from links stamped out late in the lives of the stamping tools, and it's impossible to predict whether you have one or not, but if it has already lasted 40,000 miles plus there's a decent chance it will be okay.

I don't think so. Much more expensive to change than a belt. Same effect if it fails.
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