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cambelt good deal?

Old 05-22-2009, 08:35 AM
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Default cambelt good deal?

Hello all,

I was wondering if some Audi gurus here could tell me if this is a good deal.

I've just bought an Audi A3 1.8 SE with 53,000 miles on the clock.
It's an 02 plate and from what I can tell the cambelt has never been changed.

A local garage has said they will fit a new cambelt, tensioner and V belt (?!) for 280. They will also do the waterpump at the same time and use genuine VW parts.

So, my question, is 280 reasonable? I'm not sure if it's worth getting Audi to do the work, especially since it no longer has full dealer service history.

And also, is the cambelt change overdue? I'll be getting the work done regardless, but I feel like I'm driving a time bomb at the moment!
Old 05-22-2009, 11:33 AM
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Typical cam timing belt change interval is 60-75,000 miles. 75K is the recommendation for my 2006 A3 2.0T, but I'll probably do it earlier.

I'd say that estimate for belt change + waterpump is excellent, if it includes the parts cost. The parts cost alone is $310-469 here in the US from these sources that have assembled a kit for that service:
Old 09-01-2010, 08:48 AM
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how did you get on with the Cambelt change, did you get it done from the dealer or local ?

Im based in Kent and looking for someone to change my cambelt on an Audi A6. Could you recomment anyone ?

Old 09-03-2010, 03:56 PM
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I got mine done about 2 months ago with Audi.

They were doing a deal where it was supply and fit for 349 all in. The water pump was an extra 30 approx.

2 years warranty too.

Local garages were quoting similar if not more than Audi. 280 sounds like a great great deal.
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