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Old May 10th, 2010, 13:12   #1
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Exclamation Good places to get a timing belt done?

As the title suggest, where's a good and trusted mechanic/shop to get the timing belt replaced for a '02 jetta tdi (ALH)? I was planning on having it done over the weekend. I called Precision and the earliest would be next Wednesday, probably quite busy with his upcoming move, and I don't blame him. Plus it's quite a trek to that end of town.

Are they any shops closer in the Scarborough area?
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Old May 10th, 2010, 15:22   #2
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The Belleville VW satellite shop in Cobourg used to come highly recommended.
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Old May 10th, 2010, 17:14   #3
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The Belleville VW satellite shop in Cobourg used to come highly recommended.
I grew up in Cobourg and my parents still live there... I'm SHOCKED to hear that place used to come highly recommended... There are very few VW's in the area, let alone TDI's; I hadn't heard many positive things about the place...

I've been to Brandon (DCB Auto) and would definitely recommend him!

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Old May 16th, 2010, 21:27   #4
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Belleville is further away than Precision and DCB. I sent Brandon a reply, hopefully he can get it in time during this week.
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Old May 20th, 2010, 07:49   #5
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what's the average price for getting your Timing belt done outside of the dealership? They quoted me $950.
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Old May 20th, 2010, 08:02   #6
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what's the average price for getting your Timing belt done outside of the dealership? They quoted me $950.
Depends on the model of car... In any case, there are many dealerships that can't be trusted with this!!!! If you're in the GTA, just go to Brandon's shop... you won't do better and you'll save money in the process... http://forums.tdiclub.com/member.php?u=61521 DCB Auto Repairs... 141 Oakdale... 416-747-0400


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Old May 20th, 2010, 08:44   #7
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At http://vanderheydensgarage.com/

He's on Simcoe St South, Oshawa just off the 401.

$1100 with taxes and he also replaced my ailing alternator pulley.

Dropped off Tues night, Wed afternoon done.

He's under the recommended mechanics sticky for Ontario
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Old May 20th, 2010, 08:50   #8
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At http://vanderheydensgarage.com/

He's on Simcoe St South, Oshawa just off the 401.

$1100 with taxes and he also replaced my ailing alternator pulley.

Dropped off Tues night, Wed afternoon done.

He's under the recommended mechanics sticky for Ontario


Is that including the Alternator pulley? I mean that's right inline witht he dealership's $950+ taxes....
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No, I was going to do it myself, but I figured while he's in there for the TB he could replace it. I supplied it to him.

Just go to a trusted mechanic and pay good money for a good job...no sense cheaping out, you'll be worse off if things aren't done right, and you'll regret it. I have no experience with the dealership doing work, but some have and regretted it. The trusted mechanics are on the list just for that, they do a good job.

Is the dealership quoating you 950 taxes incl?
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I didn't ask, but i'd presume that it was plus taxes...although often you can get them to knock off 10% with a bit of negotiation. Your right though, if you find a good guy stick with him...

I have 78K now so i'm a ways off but it's good to know what the costs are.
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Old May 20th, 2010, 10:47   #11
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Hmm I've never actually called any of the dealerships because of those reason mentioned above. I've been meaning to call Brandon but work is just crazy swamped all week. I've been babying the car ever since...
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Old May 20th, 2010, 18:34   #13
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what's the average price for getting your Timing belt done outside of the dealership? They quoted me $950.
$950 at the dealer is likely belt, WP and tensioner only. Dealer price for a real TB job with all the parts is more along the lines of $1400.
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Old May 21st, 2010, 07:11   #14
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To give you an outside dealership perspective... I paid $900 a few years back for the full long-life belt kit, with waterpump and everything else, at a highly recommended independent VW mechanic in Ottawa (Advanced Autowerks)
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Old May 21st, 2010, 08:18   #15
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As the title suggest, where's a good and trusted mechanic/shop to get the timing belt replaced for a '02 jetta tdi (ALH)? I was planning on having it done over the weekend. I called Precision and the earliest would be next Wednesday, probably quite busy with his upcoming move, and I don't blame him. Plus it's quite a trek to that end of town.

Are they any shops closer in the Scarborough area?
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