Question about 2003 Volkswagen Passat
Hi iam going to buy a secondhand vwagen passat 1.6 petrol done 52K miles.when asked abt the timing belt the seller said that all passats starts from 2003--its only recommended to get it changed at 80K.iam waiting for ur expert advice to make up my mind,pks help me.
Volkswagen recommend a visual check(for this model) at the first 60,000 miles and then every 20,000 (replace if necessary). There is no manufacturer's recommended replacement interval. (Information gained from Autodata).
However most manufacturer's for the majority of models recommend a change at 72,000 or 5 years whichever comes first.
It is now known that a visual check is not reliable because the kevlar strands inside the belt break down over time and an indication of expected breakage is impossible to gauge.
Using the '72,000 or 5 year' advise, a belt change for anything older than a 2004 vehicle would be a good idea.
In money terms, a change of belt will cost 5 to 15% the cost of belt failure.
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Posted on Jun 06, 2009
80,000 is OK, not 105,000 as the manual states.
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