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    • Victors_Bruvver
    • By Victors_Bruvver 19th Dec 07, 7:41 PM
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    Help - VW dealer wants to charge me 400+ for Cam Belt
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    • 19th Dec 07, 7:41 PM
    Help - VW dealer wants to charge me 400+ for Cam Belt 19th Dec 07 at 7:41 PM
    My local VW dealer sent me a card in the post today to remind me that the cam belt on my January 2004 reg VW Passat Tdi will need replacing soon. What they did not tell me and I only found out by calling them was that it was going to cost me over 400 to have it replaced! As an aside and possibly in consolation they told me that it was unfortunate for me as Passats are expensive for cam belts replacements. This has got me thinking, I live near the channel ports and can get a cheap day return and take it to the VW dealer in Calais. Has anyone had any experience of doing this and, what is cam belt in French?
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    • b33r
    • By b33r 19th Dec 07, 7:46 PM
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    • 19th Dec 07, 7:46 PM
    Why not get it done by someone who isn't VW? My housemate just had his 04 passat done for just over 300. It's a pretty big job for most cars, the front of the car has to come off.
    beer for b33r
    • penrhyn
    • By penrhyn 19th Dec 07, 7:52 PM
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    • 19th Dec 07, 7:52 PM
    Ceinture de came
    That gum you like is coming back in style.
    • highguyuk
    • By highguyuk 19th Dec 07, 9:12 PM
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    • 19th Dec 07, 9:12 PM
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    • 19th Dec 07, 9:12 PM
    I've just bought a Seat Leon (VW) and as part of the negotiations made them put a new cam belt on (51600 miles on the clock).

    Garage told me in general convo that it took them 3.5 hours to change it!

    Cambelts are an expensive job, but your right - 400 is a bit excessive.
    -highguyuk-



    • vaio
    • By vaio 20th Dec 07, 2:28 AM
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    • 20th Dec 07, 2:28 AM
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    • 20th Dec 07, 2:28 AM
    I have a very MSE car, an Audi S4

    Cambelt change inc water pump and idlers with UK dealer £1000+

    Cambelt change inc etc plus service with German dealer under 1000 euros

    Got to be worth a phone call to the French dealer
  • pianeet
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    • 20th Dec 07, 9:50 AM
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    • 20th Dec 07, 9:50 AM
    My local VW dealer sent me a card in the post today to remind me that the cam belt on my January 2004 reg VW Passat Tdi will need replacing soon. What they did not tell me and I only found out by calling them was that it was going to cost me over 400 to have it replaced! As an aside and possibly in consolation they told me that it was unfortunate for me as Passats are expensive for cam belts replacements. This has got me thinking, I live near the channel ports and can get a cheap day return and take it to the VW dealer in Calais. Has anyone had any experience of doing this and, what is cam belt in French?
    Originally posted by Victors_Bruvver
    i would echo vaio and have the water pump replaced at the same time as if it goes they have to remove everthing again to get to it,if it is 400 pound all in thats not a bad price probably be about 300 at local garage because of the labour involved
    • peterbaker
    • By peterbaker 20th Dec 07, 4:59 PM
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    • 20th Dec 07, 4:59 PM
    See if you can get them to throw in a full service while they have it apart. They'll say no but there are still a few out there who will negotiate a bit. At a VAG dealer after you agree the deal you will still get free collection and delivery or a courtesy car I think. Plus if you have a continuous record of dealer servicing, you won't have spoiled that. A history with one dealer can sometimes be a good insurance if something unexpected goes wrong and you can get them to accept part of the blame.

    I have an A6 tdi which is no doubt very similar to work on. I don't believe they take the front off the car, but even if they did, it'll be designed for it with just a few bolts and procedures to follow. Water pump has been mentioned. Do check for any oil leaks behind the bottom pulley especially before you agree the deal for this. Now is the cheapest time to replace oil seals down there if you have the slightest sign of any existing leak.
    • onejontwo
    • By onejontwo 20th Dec 07, 5:16 PM
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    I don't believe they take the front off the car

    I'm afraid they do !
    The front bumper, headlamps, radiator air-con condensor,and ancilliaries all have to be removed to gain access to the cam belt.
    • peterbaker
    • By peterbaker 20th Dec 07, 5:51 PM
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    • 20th Dec 07, 5:51 PM
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    • 20th Dec 07, 5:51 PM
    I don't believe they take the front off the car

    I'm afraid they do !
    The front bumper, headlamps, radiator air-con condensor,and ancilliaries all have to be removed to gain access to the cam belt.
    Originally posted by onejontwo
    Oh well, I suppose they'll even defend their reasoning for all that palava, also?

    Limited life cam belts is the biggest moneyspinner for dealers since the designed in rust of the 1970s
    • Happychappy
    • By Happychappy 20th Dec 07, 6:40 PM
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    Vic

    I was looking for a VAG dealer to change the cambet on my Audi A4, have a look on Ebay, there is an authorised VW Audi dealer doing your car for 249 ?
    Must be worth a journey, depends where you lve or ask your own dealer why they can do it cheaper

    VW Audi link

    Best of luck and happy crimble, Crimble being OK to say as I would hate to upset the majority of the country :rolleyes: , and don't feel that Seasons Greetings is the same. But that's another rant
    • penrhyn
    • By penrhyn 20th Dec 07, 7:19 PM
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    In the words of the Blessed Noddy of Holder:

    Its Christmas!
    That gum you like is coming back in style.
    • redux
    • By redux 21st Dec 07, 12:45 AM
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    Ceinture de came
    Originally posted by penrhyn
    une ceinture is a seat belt; the word for this type of belt is courroie

    http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Courroie#Courroie_synchrone_ou_crant.C3.A9e
    Last edited by redux; 21-12-2007 at 10:16 AM.
  • chivers1977
    my dad goes to http://www.vw.be/newmodules/Deal_Homepage.aspx?lg=fr&dealer_id=8 which is in Belgium for his VW servicing and has done for some time. It is about 3 hrs from Dover inc the ferry crossing. I believe they are english speaking.
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    • movilogo
    • By movilogo 23rd Dec 07, 2:54 PM
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    A friend of mine had her VW Passat's cambelt changed at main dealer for £500.
    So, I think you're getting a good price from dealer anyway.

    Remember, if cambelt snaps, you might need a new engine!

    Or better buy a car with cam chain next time
    • Victors_Bruvver
    • By Victors_Bruvver 24th Dec 07, 10:21 AM
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    Thank you everybody for the kind help & advice.

    A Happy and Peaceful Christmas & New Year to you all!!!!!!!!

    Victors_Bruvver
    • shopndrop
    • By shopndrop 28th Dec 07, 8:37 PM
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    We have just had a card from VW saying our Golf needs a replacement cam belt. My husband has telephoned 4 local VW dealers and they have quoted between £325 and £425, all dealers quoted a different figure. This covers replacement of 2 belts. We also telephoned VW customer care to say that our service schedule says it doesn't need changing until 60,000 miles and we have only done 40,000 but they recommend changing it after 4 years or 40,000 miles. We are also going to get a price from an independent mechanic as well before having it done.
    • harveybobbles
    • By harveybobbles 30th Dec 07, 2:29 PM
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    400 for a belt change on a VW tdi...? Is it the 6 cyliner one, cos that sounds abour ok. If its the 4 pot, then they should be charging no more than 200 all done...
    • Poppycat
    • By Poppycat 30th Dec 07, 3:08 PM
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    I no its a big job on a Ford Focus havent had a price but a mechanic friend said it could cost around £300 the belt doesn't cost must its the labour

  • goldspanners
    I no its a big job on a Ford Focus havent had a price but a mechanic friend said it could cost around 300 the belt doesn't cost must its the labour
    Originally posted by Poppycat
    ive just had mine done on my 1.6 focus,it cost 180,should have been 160 but the mechanic had difficulty with the crankshaft pulley.
    wouldnt expect to pay more than 200 tops.
    ...work permit granted!
    • Poppycat
    • By Poppycat 30th Dec 07, 4:53 PM
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    Thanks I bear that in mind when I can afford to do it, along with 2 rear tyres, 2 front disc brakes (not urgent yet), cam belt and now central locking on top of £300 I spent 4-5 weeks back, its all spend with this damn car

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