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Hi

I have a friend with a MK IV Golf TDI (115bhp) it's 4 years old and has only 32k on the clock. She's just rang the stealers about a service and they told her that she should have the cambelt changed (costing £394). She was also told that if she didn't have it done she would have to sign a disclaimer.

Is it me or is that

  • too soon to have it done
  • way too expesnive

I was under the impression that the cam belt didn't need to be changed until 60k.
 

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115PD and only 4 years old, I thought I had one of the last and mine as a Sept 2001....she may have a 130!!! Check the boot sticker (KW output) else it was in a field for over a year before registered!!!

Anyway, it is 60K or 4 years now, whichever comes sooner.... I'm on 44K and > 5years and I'm getting mine done in the New Year, along with a water pump , belts, pulleys and Tensioners & would expect all that from an indie to be around £400 (£600 from a stealer). The parts come in cheaper than the labour so the high cost is due to hourly rate......
 

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I've just booked my 1.6 16v in for a cambelt change, after 60k service.

They're charging me £370 for the cambelt.

Unfortunatly it's not easy to do yourself!

I dont know about the diesel engines though, just giving you something to go by.
 

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The 115bhp diesel units need their cambelts doing at either 40k or 4 years, which ever is soonest unfortunately due to the rubbish design of the tensioners. I have this model, and it's the only thing that is annoying about it!
 

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The 115bhp diesel units need their cambelts doing at either 40k or 4 years, which ever is soonest unfortunately due to the rubbish design of the tensioners. I have this model, and it's the only thing that is annoying about it!
No, the latest versions were 60,000 miles and just recently VW changed it to 4 years or 60,000 miles on PD's of certain ages, the older 115's were indeed 40,000. This is a direct statement I got off VW themselves as my indie looked up the 115's and said it was 40K, but on checking exact model details they realized the two schemes overlapped.

either way mine now needs to be done not cause of the mileage, (44K) but its age (> 5 years.......Sept 51 Reg).
 

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I'm confused.

Our Golf (1.8 T) is nearly 4 years old BUT only has just clocked 35K miles. Do I get this done?

Regards, AnilS.
 

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Hi Anil, yes you need to geet the belt done. VW changed the cambelt change intervals to 60,000 miles or 4 years which ever is the soonest. I believe this has been standardised across all engines and ages, but I stand to be corrected.
 

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Hi Anil, yes you need to geet the belt done. VW changed the cambelt change intervals to 60,000 miles or 4 years which ever is the soonest. I believe this has been standardised across all engines and ages, but I stand to be corrected.
Many thanks for the quick reply. I will get costs but it seems sensible to change the water pump and pulleys too? Is this because whilst they do the cam belt, these other items are easily accessible at the same time?

Thanks, AnilS.
 

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Definetly change the water pump if its anything like mine it will be mangled barely any teeth to move the water and that was at 60k. It shouldnt cost anymore in labour as its only 3 bolts once the belts off, i know the tensioners are definetly changed but not sure on pulleys might be worthwhile whilst your there but i dont think its common that they fail. As a guide price mine cost just under ?200 with camblet kit and waterpump on a 2.0 8v from independent who i trust more than any stealer.
 

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Good thread with great info.[:)]

Just got the cost from my local stealers.

Cam belt change comes in kit form including tensioners and everything to do the job including labour = ?304 (this includes VAT).

Water pump, will incur no labour charge = ?46

So all in, bottom line with VAT included = ?350.

Does this seem a fair price?[:|]

They did say that the water pump will be checked whilst the cam belt is replaced, as it may not need replacing, but commonsense tells me to have it changed regardless.

AnilS.
 

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My dealers charging me alot more than ?304 for the cam belt kit. Why is there more than ?50 difference between stealers? Arn't they all the same company really? You wouldn't find prices of the same items in say Argos change between stores.

Is there anything i can do / say. like 'my friend got a quote from another dealer for the same job for ?305'?

I dont understand!!! (not the first or last time!)

Kris
 

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I have just booked my golf 1.8T in for a full volkswagen service and cambelt changed.

The price i was quoted---?400.00

Does that seem like a good price to you guys??
 

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My dealers charging me alot more than ?304 for the cam belt kit. Why is there more than ?50 difference between stealers? Arn't they all the same company really? You wouldn't find prices of the same items in say Argos change between stores.

Is there anything i can do / say. like 'my friend got a quote from another dealer for the same job for ?305'?

I dont understand!!! (not the first or last time!)

Kris
Kris, from my experience, parts are the same virtually everywhere, but its the labour rate that varies regionally. It seems higher in London (within the boundaries of the M25) than out in the sticks (where I live).

My dealer (Redditch Volkswagen - 01527 883300) quoted the figures. Get your dealer to match it. I've left their number for you if THEY fancy calling them[;)]

Regards, AnilS
 

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I have just booked my golf 1.8T in for a full volkswagen service and cambelt changed.

The price i was quoted---?400.00

Does that seem like a good price to you guys??
IMHO, thats not a bad price, but what service (oil change inspection?) are they giving you?
 

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As somone has said it is the labour that is different,it wouldn't suprise me if prices were near ?100 an hour in London,up north it will be less.
 

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Well, looking in my 2004 vehicle handbook, the PD Golf is down for cambelt and tensioners at 80,000miles. Certain Sharan Diesels at 40,000miles and other Sharon and non-PD diesels at 60,000.

But, my Golf 150PD is certainly down at 80,000 miles. If that's dropped to half (40,000), then it's rediculous. I bought the car with the intention it wouldn't need one till at least 60k (to be on the safe side), but was going to sell it before then.

Can anyone confirm the facts - or will only a call to VW customer service confirm this?
 

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If any of you are located near the Aylesbury, Bucks area I can recommend an excellent VW/Audi specialist who can do the cambelts and waterpumps for allot less than a stealer. [;)]
 

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Just got a quote for a cambelt change on my 1.6 16valve NB. it has 2 cambelts (one small one for the 2 camshafts), 2 tensioners and 1 idler roller.

The VW dealer quoted ?111 for the kit, ?27 for the water pump and ?7 for the coolant (all inc vat). The kit works out about ?30 cheaper than buying the parts individually.

Its a 2.5 hour job (VW quote). Labour for fitting is ?270 (inc vat). Their labour rate is a whopping ?92 + vat per hour. That's VW London City but others in/around London have similar rates.

In total that's ?415 parts and labour. Oh and another ?17 for a new ribbed belt (for the alternator, air con etc.)

An independent specialist in waltham Cross quoted me ?350 all inc.

Hope that help
 

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Well, looking in my 2004 vehicle handbook, the PD Golf is down for cambelt and tensioners at 80,000miles. Certain Sharan Diesels at 40,000miles and other Sharon and non-PD diesels at 60,000.

But, my Golf 150PD is certainly down at 80,000 miles. If that's dropped to half (40,000), then it's rediculous. I bought the car with the intention it wouldn't need one till at least 60k (to be on the safe side), but was going to sell it before then.

Can anyone confirm the facts - or will only a call to VW customer service confirm this?
Hi, I've got the same model and would like to know if you have found any moer infor on this? Hopefully it's 80K and NOT 40K [cry]

Keep us all posted.
 
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