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Hello everyone, been browsing the forum for a while, getting valuable tips about problems / things to look for in a TDI Golf IV. Anyway...I've finally found and bought a GT TDI 130 with "just" 76,000 on the clock. It has a full VW main dealer & specialist history of services etc...

When I was buying, I focused on milage of the last timing belt (56,000) without realising it was 40,000 or every 4 years. The belt was last done Oct 2006, so it's overdue by a few months. Needless to say, want to get it done ASAP.

My question is...is this a particularly specialist job for this car? I've got a decent independent (non VW) garage I could go to that's looked after previous cars okay but wondered if it was wise to take to a specialist VW/VAG garage for any reason. I'm looking at keeping the car at least for the next few years so not too worried about the service history looking good with regards VW specialists doing it.

Any ideas on price, including a water pump, too?

Thanks!
 

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Thanks Jon, but Oldham might be a bit of a push for me with work / family / others etc... Would need to justify the trip to the Mrs too. Don't think she'd fancy a day out in Oldham, not matter how I sold it to her.

Anyone know anywhere else nearby? Heard of Roger Holmes in York but not had any personal experience.
 

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Thanks for your help, Jon. I'll check them out. Would you recommend a VW specialist then? Wondering if it's worth it or if I should just take it to my usual. They looked after my Pug 306 TD okay for years but is the Golf TDI a bit more "special"?
 

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Honestly?, not really.

If you have a good place you use and trust, stay there.

If they use the right parts and stamp your book, I wouldn't fuss.

Jon
 

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its easier to time up a pd engine than a pug 306. only got a cam and crank pully to align. no injector pump.

easy peazy.

DIY for most people but any garage can do it. just get price from specialists and also your local and go with the cheapest. make sure the local garage is fitting a kit and not just a belt. (some right cowboys)
 

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Thanks, Danny. That's what I was wanting to know really - didn't want to take it somewhere non-specialist if there was some obscure quirk about the Golf timing belt that they wouldn't be aware of. I do trust the local as I've been taking cars there for years and they've always fixed them up right first time.

Probably been made paranoid about the difficulty of working on these cars after having to change the headlight bulb after 2 days of getting it. Managed the pair (Osrams to match each side) but it wasn't quick. Did it without the bumper removal though! Now for the sidelights / main beam but that's another thread...
 

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you only learn by trying things but i would just take it to local garage that you use. but get prices from both.

a car is like anything.

you take it apart and put it back together. some good help online on how to do things.
 

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on my gt tdi 130 the cambelt was done on 54k i have been wondering for a while when i should change it again? can any one tell me? i thought it would be close to 100k?
 

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If you would be willing to travel to Middlesbrough I can thoroughly recommend Andy at North East Auto Tech

http://www.northeastautotech.com/

I travelled from North Tyneside for him to do mine and well worth the distance for my peace of mind.
 
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