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Hi chaps..

Ok.. i've googled and used the search on here a bit and can find no
conclusive answer. Obviously its something i'd like to be certain of so
hoping to get a definitive answer on this one.

Bought my GT TDI and the PO was going through the history saying that
the cambelt had been done on the dot at 70k - knowing nothing about
service intervals on the TDI engine I took it as gospel but since i've
been flicking through the owners handbook i'm not quite so sure about
that. The handbook doesn't clearly state what the interval should be
for some reason and there is a load of confusion on archived posts
about whether its every 40k or every 60k.. so come on.. which is it?

But i'm either seriously overdue a change or going to be coming up to one in about 8000 miles so.. anyone? :)

Thanks!
 

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My 2001/Y GT TDI 115PD is every 60K. I have had the car from new and this was when it had it's first cambelt change.
 

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Problem is, everything i've read points to it being a different
interval on 2000 and earlier 115PD's.. and it then going to a 60k
interval on the 2001's and onwards! Argh.. the confusion!

I don't wanna have to phone up VW cause i'm sure i'll get no concrete answer off them!
 

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60k definately. My mates got one - went to 70k. When we finally took the belt off it was really cracked, so another couple ok km and boom!

?1500 a new head is it worth taking the risk for ?150?
 

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Agree that it is 60k - mine is a 2001 PD115 so I guess it is possible that VW stated 40k for earlier models.     If you are doing it make sure that tensioner and water pump are done at the same time and that the engine mounting bolts are replaced.
 

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The engine code (for a Golf or Bora) will give you a definitive answer, but 2001 GT TDi's should be 60,000 miles, unless you have a late registered version of the earlier engine.......this is porbably where the confusion comes in??

The 115 engine in the Sharan has to be done every 40,000 miles regardless of engine code, thats the info. I got.
 

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Since yours is a 2000 model it will be due a change every 40k.

I don't think you can tell the difference from the engine code- when I phoned VW they told me that AJM's before 2001 were 40k, AJM's from 2001 on were 60k.

Are you on 122k miles on an X-plate?[:O]
 

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60k definately. My mates got one - went to 70k. When we finally took the belt off it was really cracked, so another couple ok km and boom!

?1500 a new head is it worth taking the risk for ?150?
where do you get a cambelt change for ?150?????
 

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Since yours is a 2000 model it will be due a change every 40k.

I don't think you can tell the difference from the engine code- when I phoned VW they told me that AJM's before 2001 were 40k, AJM's from 2001 on were 60k.

Are you on 122k miles on an X-plate?[:O]
well my engine code is AJZ.....

Computer at the independant said AJM' s were done every 40,000 miles without going into its a Jan 1st 2001 not a Dec. 31st 2000 one.....
 

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I've always been told it's every 60,000 miles on all diesels.

I've got a guide on checking cam (toothed) belt wear and acceptable wear levels.

jimsg60: I'll e-mail you the guide (haven't got it on me right now) so you can check for yourself to make sure it's ok! (that goes for anyone else too!)
 

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60k definately. My mates got one - went to 70k. When we finally took the belt off it was really cracked, so another couple ok km and boom!

?1500 a new head is it worth taking the risk for ?150?
where do you get a cambelt change for ?150?????
Thats what I thought [:O]

It is a 60k job too
 

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I've also got an X-reg GT TDI 115bhp. When my car hit 40k ages ago, I put it into the local stealers for a service and cambelt change (or so I thought). I had a service and maintenance contract with VW, so I would get the cambelt done on that no probs. But they informed me that it doesn't need changing until 60K. I thought they might have been pulling a fast one, so I wrote VW HQ and they telephoned me to say that it is definately 60K.
 

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So glad to see that the confusion still reigns, and really really
hoping it is every 60k.. I might speak to Stealth Racing tomorrow (my
trusted VW specialists) and also check with the stealers just to get a
little more information on it all.

And yeah, as someone commented up in the thread earlier, my TDI has 111k on it.. no biggy for a VAG diesel, right?! :)

Just because I enjoy a good laugh, what actually is the VW price for a cambelt change on a 115PD...?
 

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I got mine done a few months ago at the stealers and it cost ?350 inc VAT and parts. That was for the cambelt change, tensioners and water pump change (which you should get done at the same time as they're prone to failure due to crappy design and you'll be out at least as much again to replace it if it goes on you.) The tensioners are a must also. I thought about taking it to an independant but there's no specialist near me and for a job as crucial as this, I wanted to pay a bit extra for peace of mind by getting it done at the stealers.
 

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Discussion Starter · #16 ·
?350 isn't actually as much of a stinger as i'd of thought it would
be.. especially actually having it done by VAG. Would still like to see
what price Stealth quote.. as I say, i've always taken my VW's there,
and always had impeccable service.. and I know they will come in
cheaper than VW.

Cheers for that Wee Man! :)

Well one to look at in a month or two maybe.. I should really get it done now then I can just forget about it.
 

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Just for info for anyone, I just got off the phone to Stealth Racing..

They say they've come into the 'confusion' over cambelt change
intervals on the GT TDI as well, but their reccomended interval is
around the 60k or 70k mark after various chats with people at VW. Their
price estimate for the work broke down as follows:

4 hours labour -> ?188 + VAT

Cambelt and tensioner kit -> ?100

Waterpump -> around ?40

So they don't come in much cheaper than the VAG price which did
surprise me a bit, but again, the info is there if anyone was looking
at having this done and didn't trust their local dealership or anything
:)

They also suggest getting studs changed on the cambelt pulley itself
because its not uncommon for those to shear off too! They only cost 25p
a pop and you only need a few.. so worth doing whilst the cambelt, etc
are all off...
 

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Not surprised at ?55/ hr labour (inc VAT), thats almost Dealer rates in Newcastle, my independant comes in at half that an hour, so saving you a ?100.

?260 all in they quoted IIRC. Rather than ?361......
 

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Not sure what VW dealership rates are down here in Coventry.. I know
that Audi rates are a little on the hairy side though. I went in to ask
about getting a 4 wheel alignment done at my local Audi dealer on my
old Corrado (cause they are right near where I work and thought it
would be easier than driving across town, getting lifts, etc) - guy
behind the desk casually said "2 hours labour" (can't be too bad) but
it worked out at over ?200!! Jeyyysus!!

I'd be surprised if the VW rates are any less than ?70/hour..
 

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Hi

I think you wll find a sticker under the bonnet on the slam panel
saying it is due at 40k i know my 2000 115 has got a sticker to
indicate this, service costs i paid just under ?400 for a full service
and a cambelt change using all genuine parts at my local garage hope
this might be of some help

Cheers
 
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