timing belt age as a sole replacement indicator

Kent McLean kentmclean at comcast.net
Wed Apr 23 03:07:30 PDT 2014

mboucher70 hotmail.com wrote:
> Given the car's age, and the fact that its not a particularly
> interesting collectible (non-turbo, non-quattro), I'd likely balk at any
> single repair cost over 500.

When that timing belt (which is long overdue for a change) breaks, it 
will total your car -- it will cost more to fix the bent valves than the 
car is worth. A $700 or $800 timing belt change will ensure that doesn't 
happen. Blauparts.com has the 100 timing belt kit (belt, water pump, 
idler, etc.) on sale for just $120. But, it's your choice.


Kent McLean
'02 VW Beetle TDI, and a lot of former Audis including Bad Puppy

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