Originally Posted by Sparty31
I posted this in the A3 forum but no one's responding and the A4 has this engine also. Someone please respond!
I have a 2006 A3 2.0T with 85,000 miles on it. When I picked it up from its 85,000 mile service a few weeks ago, the dealer told me that the timing belt was due replacement, and that it was going to cost about $1,000. I checked the service manual, and it says that it was actually due replacement at 75,000 miles.
So, I decided to replace it myself. I ordered the kit from Blauparts.com, and the Bentley manual from Amazon.com. Checking the most recent scheduled maintenance intervals on the Bentley manual (and on the AudiUSA.com site), I see that the recommended timing belt replacement for the 2.0t is at 110,000 miles. I informed the dealer of this, and they still insist that it's 75,000 miles.
I've found lots of info about this for the 1.8t, but almost nothing for the 2.0t. What do you guys recommend? 110,000 or 75,000? Someone please settle this for me once and for all. I'd rather not devote a weekend to this right now if I don't have to.
My Honda Accord is a 2000 model, and even that timing belt wasn't due till 100,000 miles! So I did it myself right away at 100k. One thing I reckoned, is that no matter whether I switched it at 85,000 miles or 100,000 miles, I'll never be doing it again, since I'll have either sold it or scrapped it by the time it becomes due next time.
In your place, I'd either do it immediately (using the aforementioned philosophy), or else whenever it's next convenient (like next spring, for instance!). Just remember one thing... not doing it risks a kaputt engine if you're unlucky enough to have it break.