TB Interval- Mileage v. Time

richmondvatdi

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Joined
Feb 5, 2005
Location
Chesterfield, Virginia
TDI
2005 Passat Wagon 5-speed,2003 Jetta GL Wagon, 2003 Jetta GLS Wagon, 2013 CC 2.0T
I handed down my BEW wagon to my daughter so it doesn't see the miles I had been putting on it. I did the last TB (plus Frank06 camshaft and lifters) in Nov. 2018 and 245K miles. Right now, it's at 315K so 70K, just over 5 years. Should I bite the bullet and do it soon or wait until 80K?
 

turbocharged798

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Joined
May 21, 2009
Location
Ellenville, NY
TDI
99.5 black ALH Jetta;09 Gasser Jetta
I went 14 years on my last BEW timing belt change. Not saying its a good thing to do but it held up. I think the waterpump was starting to fail because there was quite a bit of dried coolant around it.

It was around 90,000 miles on the belt.
 

MrCypherr

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Joined
Sep 3, 2012
Location
Ontario
TDI
Mk6 Wagon
I always say, if you have to question it or if youre not sure, then I would do it for piece of mind. As everyone knows, its not something you want to play around with and hold off.
 

tikal

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Joined
Apr 18, 2001
Location
Southeast Texas
TDI
2004 Passat Wagon (chainless + 5 MT + GDE tune)
I am starting to face the same dilemma: last timing belt (OEM quality from Dieselgeek) on my 2004 Passat was done May 2018 and around 72,000 miles ago. Funds running somewhat low right now due to other work I had to do first.
 

Tom in PT

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Joined
Jun 7, 2017
Location
Twilight Zone, WA State
TDI
2005 Passat sedan - SOLD; 2013 Passat DSG; both purchased new
I had an original timing belt in a 1998 Lexus last over 146,000 miles and 24 years before I changed it (after I just purchased the vehicle). VW is no Lexus for sure but I am in the camp that says a VW timing belt will last much more than 6 years and 72000 miles. In my 2013 Passat TDI I am on the original belt at 71,000 miles and not planning on changing it until I reach at least 100,000 miles. The manual says the belt in the '13 is due for change at 130,000 miles IIRC. In my B5.5 I changed the belt after about 10 years and ~ 80K miles.
 

fordt

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Joined
Feb 8, 2003
Location
Comfort
TDI
03 Golf, skid plate, lift kit with Bilsteins, now +250K
Same here. 03 Golf with 321K with last TB done at 281K BUT in May of 2018, so 6 years….so I’m really just thinking the years is the only reason. Also finding a shop these days in TX since Robby closed is a royal PITA….at least Dieselgeek is still selling the kits!
 

Zak99b5

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Apr 30, 2021
Location
Albany NY
TDI
2003 Jetta TDI
Plus, on a B5 you can just swing the entire rad support open like a gate (A/C hoses bend at the "hinge") and have TONS of room to do the belt comfortably. No PIA frame rail or motor mount in the way.
 

tikal

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Joined
Apr 18, 2001
Location
Southeast Texas
TDI
2004 Passat Wagon (chainless + 5 MT + GDE tune)
Same here. 03 Golf with 321K with last TB done at 281K BUT in May of 2018, so 6 years….so I’m really just thinking the years is the only reason. Also finding a shop these days in TX since Robby closed is a royal PITA….at least Dieselgeek is still selling the kits!
Dieselgeek does not sell anymore the B5 TB kit. Yes there are other places online to get it fortunately.
 

pkhoury

That guy with the goats
Joined
Nov 30, 2010
Location
Medina, TX
TDI
2013 JSW, 2003 Jetta Ute, 2 x 2002 Golf, 2000 Golf
Same here. 03 Golf with 321K with last TB done at 281K BUT in May of 2018, so 6 years….so I’m really just thinking the years is the only reason. Also finding a shop these days in TX since Robby closed is a royal PITA….at least Dieselgeek is still selling the kits!
Assuming you're in Comfort, I can do an ALH timing belt. I learned originally by watching my late best friend Brian do it on one of my ALHs and then he supervised while I did it on my Golf, and have since done a bunch of them on my own fleet of TDIs that I own or have sold. I actually drive through Comfort fairly often, opting to take 27 to get to I-10.

Dieselgeek is based in Colorado now, but the new owners are pretty decent people. But yeah, finding a TDI shop in our neck of the woods is damn near impossible.
 
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