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2007 Golf GTI MK5 Cam belt change???


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Hi,

I've just put my car in for a service and now being told that I need to fork out another £300 for a cam belt and water pump change. The car is four years old, but only done 37k. I've been told by the garage and looked on the vw site that it needs to be changed after 80k or four years. I want to change it as I take care of my car, but can't afford another £300 on top of the service and MOT. I am worried though that if I don't change it, then it will go and I will have to pay out a lot more if it does.

Does anyone have any advice or thinks it will be ok for another x amount of miles?

Thanks

Ben

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... but can't afford another £300 on top of the service and MOT. I am worried though that if I don't change it, then it will go and I will have to pay out a lot more if it does.

Do the work, if you don't you'll regret it - pay for it using a 0% Credit Card over six months and religiously pay off 1/6th of the balance each month ! +++

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Change it. If you can't afford £300 imagine the cost if it does go. It's not worth the risk. How near are you to the 4 year time. Is 4 years the VW recommended time slot?

It's now 4 years old.

It just seems a bit odd that on other cars I've had it always gone on miles, but with the GTI it goes on miles and age. I'm just thinking that not many people will rack up 80k on a four year old GTI and it's a way to make money on people that don't do that sort of mileage.

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Because its rubber it can perish hence the time factor. I had my van done last year and that was on a time factor too. The year before that the Mrs had here MkV golf tdi belts done too. Cam belt failure is major. You may get another 6 months but if it goes you're f ucked!

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Good idea on the ringing around for prices they vary alarmingly. It's tough to fork out more money but just bite the bullet. No beer for a month!

Just got a few quotes and they vary by just over £100. The cheapest is a garage near my work and quite a few of my guys have used him and say he is good and best of all... honest! When speaking to him he says it's a grey area and something that doesn't need changing asap, but something to seriously think about in the next month or so. That said, I'm gonna get it booked in next week and get it changed.

Don't like the idea of going without beer for a month - I'm gonna pertend I didn't read that.

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just got mine done on my jetta tdi at 4 and a half years 41k on the clock as my last audi b6 water pump went at 42k , im lucky my mate done it and the mechanic that did my service who works at the local vw dealer (as he stamps the book and puts it on the database ) told me he advises every 5 years but you take your chances, it was a bit of a job I helped as much as I could but lot of work took about 5 hours and alot of stripping down to get to

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