Originally Posted by assetmover
I have a June 2008 Golf Match purchased from a VW dealer a year ago. It had one owner and 10,000 miles on clock. I have done 20,000 taking it to 30,000.
When I checked it in for a service last week the dealer wanted to change the cam belt and told me this is what VW advise at either 40,000 or four years. The cost is £335.
I see this is a common issue but should I change the belt and if I do perhaps I should go to a non franchised dealer. A few people seem to say change the water pump at the same time but there seems to be a variety of opinions about doing this or not. I realise that if a cam belt snaps it can do a lot of damamge so what is the best plan ?
Ian D - Bedfordshire
Welcome to the forum Ian.
To answer your question, yes VW did say that either 60K miles or 4 years whatever first. Water pump, it is a very good move, from the info over the years from UK members looks like you can get new WP for around £40/50 of your money
so it is not a lot more. There is a guy here "MikeMars" he is UK member and very active so you could get in touch with him for some info, but your car is out of official warranty and looks like your dealer service is much, much better than ours here so perhaps you could do it there. One other important thing I have notice over the years for the UK is that some time if you go to a different VAG dealer (like Audi, Seat or Skoda) you could get the same job done for less, after all they all use the same parts and tools
I wish we could have such a choice here.