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2001 VW Passat, has 120,000 miles. I'm told the

2001 VW Passat, has 120,000 miles. I'm told the timing belt and all components need replacing, transmission pan is leaking and also the valve cover gaskets are leaking oil. Total cost 2780. Should I fix, or trade? Hadn't had any major issues with my Passat and I love the way it handles.

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Someone's ripping you off badly. You can buy a new crate motor for that cost. What company quoted you that? You should let me know so that I can warn other people not to go there. Yes it is recommended that you change the timing belt every 60,000, but it is only a preventive measure. While the timing belt is being replaced, it is wise to change the water pump. Not because it's gone, but just preventive measures once again.Transmission gasket is about $30, valve pan gasket about $25, and timing belt is under $100. Ask them how many hours they are quoting you for. The '' book time '' in Canada is 4-5 hours labor. Here, our labor rate is $65-$75 per hour. Total cost @under $600. Don't allow this shop to rip you off, and tell them that you have a quote for $600from a licensed mechanic, and watch them squirm. Even if they did replace the water pump, and all belts, the bill would still be under $1000. I hate seeing people getting ripped off by shady mechanics. Good luck and let me know how you make out with other quotes Cheers from Nova Scotia!

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By recommendation the car is due for a timing belt. But that don't mean it needs one or that yours is even close to needing one . That is just VW and other manufactures recommendations. The valve cover gasket is easy to replace and so is the transmission gasket. Take the car to a couple different repair shops to get their opinion and quote. The valve cover gasket part is about $30 and so is the transmission gasket. I would just have the gaskets fixed and drive until you decide to trade it.

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You didn't tell us in which currency that '2780' was quoted but if US $, that seems unreasonable to me.
Timing belts can cost >$100 but not often and vary in degrees of difficulty to replace; on one of our cars (87 X1/9) it's about a 30 minute job. A Subaru Outback is more like a couple of hours so yours is likely in that range somewhere.
Valve cover and transmission gaskets aren't normally that tough to replace and cost little; check one of the chain auto parts sites to verify that. It only takes a few minutes to run up the potential parts cost and the labor should run well under a $1000 total.
Now you have a second opinion but, get a 3rd one in person.

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