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Hi guys - just bought a 1999 1.8t with 44,000 and it looks like the cam belt hasn't been changed (although it appears it's been serviced 4 times by various vw garages.)

No receipts, just the stamped booklet I'm afraid.

My question is: can I ringa dealer and ask them whether it's been done and if it hasn't - how much are we looking at to get it done?

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mines a 2001 tdi at 80k mine had a loads of services but no cambelt i spoke to vw they wanted ?350.00 plus vat to do just the belt plus about the same again for a service. to me car the cars to old to goo back to the dealers and a vw service historys nice but not worth that much when i come to sell it in 3 years time when its a 6 year old motor so i sent it to my local garage who did the lot for ?290.00 as a cash job everythings fine and i dont think my car will ever go vw again

i figure as long as its services regularly people arnt really bothered by who as long as its all up to date. especially with a 3 year old car. Else me and you wouldnt have brought the ones we have?

Just my 2p................
 

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you should be able to ring a stealer and ask if it's been changed - I asked the question and was told it had been changed (wouldn't confirm in writing though) and I took them at their word - 20k later and my belt snapped leaving me with 19 bent valves and a ?1024 head rebuild[V]

There seems to be confusion about the belt change on the 1.8t's even at the stealers. I have seen 60k, 80k and even 120k mentioned[:O]

If you have the belt changed, be sure to have the tensioner and waterpump changed at the same time
 

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Quote: posted by Bowdie on 27/02/2005 17:16:24

If you have the belt changed, be sure to have the tensioner and waterpump changed at the same time

Thats exactly what ive done, as ive been advised on here. Also it proved cheaper getting all three done at the same time!
 

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Thanks for all your input guys.

So a decision has been made; When I have the next service done (non main stealer but VW specialist in Hampton Court) at 50K I'm going to have them do the cambelt, tensioners and water pump done too.

So; my next question - do i just fit a vw waterpump or are they better ones on the market I should consider?
 

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Mine's coming up for it's 60k service, (15th March, booked into stealers) and have a quote for 60k service, cambelt, tensioners and water pump: ?412 inc. Vat. Which I thought wasn't bad.

The stealers, although I was going to get it done anyway, told me that I should do it before I had a chance to mention it, so I guess it depends on the stealer what they recommend.
 

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I've booked mine in for its 80k service and new cambelt (as its not yet been done) with a local vw specialist and its only gonna cost ?350 all in [^]
 

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Quote: posted by aberdeengti on 27/02/2005 20:19:01

Mine's coming up for it's 60k service, (15th March, booked into stealers) and have a quote for 60k service, cambelt, tensioners and water pump: ?412 inc. Vat. Which I thought wasn't bad.

The stealers, although I was going to get it done anyway, told me that I should do it before I had a chance to mention it, so I guess it depends on the stealer what they recommend.

That's a damn good quote for a stealers for all that, imo ! Mine was nearer ?500.
 

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i'm thinking about putting mine in for a 50K service. get them to do the belt and also check the brakes for that serious problem that is occuring to some others
 

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Im getting my 110's belt changed for ?150+vat. That's from a specialist in Northern Ireland, he is situated in the middle of nowhere and the place is basically a farm but i have heard good reports from a good few people. Appearantly the job takes 4 hours.

One thing, the dealers change the idler gears when its really only necessary to change the tensioner, belt and the waterpump.

Thats all im getting changed.
 

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No, for the belt, tensioner, waterpump and the fitting(?90). I was sceptical at first but people at work use these guys as well as the cars previous owner and all had good reports. Im going to get a full service done at the same time too.
 

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Quote: posted by brownk2 on 02/03/2005 09:13:33

No, for the belt, tensioner, waterpump and the fitting(?90). I was sceptical at first but people at work use these guys as well as the cars previous owner and all had good reports. Im going to get a full service done at the same time too.

The pump is ?25 alone as far as i know...they've massively underestimated the labour charge in my opinion...unless they only charge minimum wage!
 

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Have you checked the mileage that the belt requires replacing.

You will find that some of the 1.8T`s go up to 115k.

Check with the service book.

I was supprised at some of them!
 

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My VW dealer at home in Scotland recommend 60K intervals for the cambelt even though the book syas different!!

The idler pulley is something to do at the same time as the tensioner, water-pump and belt. People on here have had problems with the idler pulley collapsing!!

Also the engine mount bolts HAVE TO BE REPLACED. They are stretch bolts, one time use. My VW garage down south didn't replace them! The sevice manager mentioned that VW recommend they are replaced, but they always resuse them!! I said fine, just write this down on paper that if they go causing damage the garage will pay, next day they were replaced for free...

Whish I'd known about the pulley before...

Also, does anyone know if the design of the waterpumps have been replaced??? Or can I expect mine to go in 2 yrs, again!!
 

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I paid ?110 (including VAT) for my cambelt change on my old W reg 2.0GTI. Took is back to the car supermarket that I got it from in Exeter and they did it for me and gave me a courtesy car while they were doing it. Stealers quoted ?305 for the same job!
 

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okay.. I don't mean to hijack this thread or anything, but I take it then when my car goes in a week today for it's service, I should make sure that they do infact change the engine mount bolts? [?]
 

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i didn't realise that the differences between tdi and petrol would be so much - just had to buy these bits:

belt = ?38.00

tensioner = ?38.00

roller = ?30.70

tensioner = ?63.50

nut = ?0.70

water pump = 21.36

total = ?188.04 (inc VAT, - discount)

plus I reckon Im looking at ?150 to fit!

Does that all sound about right?
 

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this is one of them things no one really knows for sure.my service book says check it at 60k if the car does short journeys alot of stop,starting.also says change it 80k if driven normally and then says change it at 120k if you do alot of motorway miles.120k sounds way to much to me for a cambelt.so i'm having mine done at 60k just to be safe
 
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