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Old February 21st, 2012, 06:23   #1
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I've decided to change my Timing Belt, I'm at about 82K miles.

I started calling around to get pricing and was a little surprised by the first estimate. Does $800.00 sound resonable for timing belt/component change?

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Old February 21st, 2012, 06:45   #2
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If the water pump is being changed as well with an updated metal impelled pump, then yes. For a shop that is...

For a guru to do the job(recommended highly) you might be looking at about 600$ or so with better quality work.
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Old February 21st, 2012, 06:49   #3
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And about $350 if you can do your own work... That is as long as you have the locking tools.
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Old February 21st, 2012, 06:59   #4
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This was an independent, local shop with high reviews for working on VW's, etc. I don't have the tools to do this myself, and I'm not sure I'd want to.

Any other local guru's in the Akron/Cleveland Ohio area?

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Old February 21st, 2012, 08:06   #5
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local guru to me quoted 675. so not too far out of line.
vw dealer wanted like 1200 I think.
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Old February 21st, 2012, 08:08   #6
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The BRM is about $750 here, parts and labor.

Keep in mind, the bitterness of poor quality (be it parts or workmanship) lingers long after a cheap price is forgotten.
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Old February 21st, 2012, 08:12   #7
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I wonder what the dealership would try to charge. Had mine done by a guru. $787.
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Old February 21st, 2012, 08:17   #8
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Alright then, sounds like this price is in line!

Thanks for the feedback.
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Old February 21st, 2012, 08:49   #9
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Old February 21st, 2012, 09:00   #10
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If the water pump is being changed as well with an updated metal impelled pump, then yes.
False. It was never updated nor needing the update.

Although I'm on the other side of the pond, I still might share the info. I asked for price and labour of the TB job one of our business partners who specialise in VWs. The parts (TB, roller, tensioner, pump, no bolts or coolant) was ~175$ and they promised to do the job for $80. But again, this is our business partner, that's why such a reasonable price.
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Old February 21st, 2012, 09:02   #11
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It is a pretty common problem here to see broken impellers. Which is why so many (including me) install the metal ones.
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Old February 21st, 2012, 11:11   #12
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Parts (belt, water pump, idler, tensioner and bolts) cost around $250 and average is 375-575 depending on the Guru. I priced dealers here before I did mine, and they quoted between 1100 and 1300 for a timing belt... I had a guru do it and other service for less than that combined.
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Old February 22nd, 2012, 00:24   #13
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It is a pretty common problem here to see broken impellers. Which is why so many (including me) install the metal ones.
I think you're talking about the old style plastics then. They were updated several years ago to a more robust plastic which resists high temperatures. Plastic impeller might separate from the shaft but still it's plastic. It has also to do something with maintaining fuel economy. WPs with metal impellers also see failures. And if the metal one fails, it might destroy the block and more. Either way, both pumps (plastic and metal version) have exactly the same expected service life per book.

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I think you're talking about the old style plastics then. They were updated several years ago to a more robust plastic which resists high temperatures. Plastic impeller might separate from the shaft but still it's plastic. It has also to do something with maintaining fuel economy. WPs with metal impellers also see failures. And if the metal one fails, it might destroy the block and more. Either way, both pumps (plastic and metal version) have exactly the same expected service life per book.
Never seen a metal one break to pieces. And in the last week I've already seen a plastic one in pieces on a 2005 model car. Is that not new enough? Or is that still "old style"? What has changed in these plastics in the last 7 years?

We are still seeing plastic intake manifolds warping, too. Have those improved any?
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Seems a little high to me, have you looked at sourcing the parts yourself? Lots of good vendors on this site that can get you you good parts for under $300!
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