VW Passat timing belt change

garysdad

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Good morning all! My local dealer wants me to have my cam belt changed on my 2012 Passat BM (at considerable cost) Does the tech dept at the forum consider this a necessity? Best regards, garysdad.
 

Keithuk

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They do recommend a timing belt change every 5 years or 120k. Mine is 6 years old with 28k so I haven't bothered yet. It can cause more damage if it breaks. The choice is yours, have it inspected?

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garysdad

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Thanks Keithuk! I seemingly pressed the wrong button and denied myself the right to any more input in this discussion. Anyway, I think if I got the belt inspected I would be told replacement was required whether it is or not (right pessimist me)
 

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i had a timing belt go a while ago and it was an interference engine. if you think timing belt replacement is costly then you are mistaken!:) the repairs to put it right were scary and the engine was never quite right afterwards. now i get belts done according to the oem recommendations and advise anyone to do the same.
recently i had my belt done on 2012 tdi b7 passat after 120K at vw main dealers for £398 all inclusive of parts/labour/vat. i compared this to small independent and they wanted £350.
believe me £398 is worth it, dont take chances with the timing belt replacement!
ATB
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I echo stu's sentiments, once bitten now very much wiser........ In about 1976 I had a fan-belt break on my Mini 1000, at 9pm on the A12 near Colchester, fortuitously I was able to coast into a layby 100 yds away, was carrying both the tools and a spare belt! Anyone who has changed a fan belt on a 1970's Mini will know its not an easy job, especially in dark in a layby (the front grill has to come off). As a result of that experience I always have the fanbelt (although its really the alternator drive belt now) replaced when the cambelt is changed and I always have cambelts changed at the recommended intervals.
 

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i had a timing belt go a while ago and it was an interference engine. if you think timing belt replacement is costly then you are mistaken!:) the repairs to put it right were scary and the engine was never quite right afterwards. now i get belts done according to the oem recommendations and advise anyone to do the same.
recently i had my belt done on 2012 tdi b7 passat after 120K at vw main dealers for £398 all inclusive of parts/labour/vat. i compared this to small independent and they wanted £350.
believe me £398 is worth it, dont take chances with the timing belt replacement!
ATB
stu
Is this timing belt only or was the water pump included?
 

Jrizzy

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Thank for your reply, im looking around as my belt and pump needs changing. Worse places iv been quoted have been halfords autocentre, surprisingly if you call different autocentres they have different prices which shouldnt be. also its within the same region. But im still searching around
 

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I have found my local VW dealer, in comparison to the independent specialist I used, to be just as competent, much more flexible and willing to go the extra mile (thanks to a great Service Manager), and within 10% on cost. During my recent interaction I was so pleased I signed up to their service bundle (1x major, 1x minor service, 1 Mot for today’s rates minus £96). As a bonus my service book gets a proper VW stamp.

Maybe I’ll change in future but for now I’m happy with that.
 

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Nah don't worry they last forever nowadays, I think VW guarantee cambelts for 10 years or 140,000 miles, better than Kia or Hyundai. Lifetime guarantee.
 

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I am about to get mine done, £550 but it's worth it. My Passat has done 200,000 miles and still drives like new. Just had the rear offside wheel bearing replaced as well, due to the ABS sensor going bad. I will have mine done in connection with major service and MOT for ease. Not much change from a grand, but for me its worth it, my car has served me well and will be driving it through Europe when covid allows.
 

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The VAG UK cam belt warranty is 3 years, I can’t find a mileage spec but I assume it would be the same as in Germany, 240000 kilometres so circa 150k miles… 200000 miles on one belt! You have bigger cojones than me…
 
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