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#3125 of 3340 Re: Passat 2000 -- timing belt replacement [confused2010]
Jul 27, 2010 (8:35 am)
confused2010: The replies from Shiftright and bronsonb that follow are both right on the money. YES, the quoted price sounds very high...$900-1,000 is more realistic. There are good VW dealers and bad ones...I prefer a good indie shop that knows V-dubs, so shop around. YES, you had better have it done if you can't verify past work. My understanding is that removing the TB cover and inspecting the belt may show its condition, but that might be a bit iffy. Another tidbit: If you do have the belt done, BE SURE to have the water pump, BELT TENSIONER and THERMOSTAT done at the same time. Changing the thermo later as a separate job runs around $300! All of this normally included with a TB change. vwdawg
#3126 of 3340 Re: Passat 2000 -- timing belt replacement [vwdawg]
Jul 27, 2010 (9:05 am)
I had the timiing belt, water pump and tensioner replaced on my 2005 Passat TDI at 90,000 miles. The total cost was $900 at the VW dealership in Germantown, TN.
Like everyone else has said, if you don't know and you have 90,000 miles on the car, change it. It is unlikely that the last person did not have it done.
#3127 of 3340 Re: Passat 2000 -- timing belt replacement [chuckhanson]
Jul 27, 2010 (11:45 am)
Thanks all, I appreciate your advice.
#3128 of 3340 VW Passat Low mileage Oil Change Intervals
Jul 29, 2010 (1:59 pm)
Can someone help with some advice? I have a 2008 VW Passat 2.0T that I've gotten brand new and now I only have a total of about 8700 miles after about 2.5 yrs. I have already gotten the oil changed about 4 times, can someone provide some insight on driving less than 5k miles per year and how often should I change the oil and do other maintenance?">
#3129 of 3340 Re: VW Passat Low mileage Oil Change Intervals [nycrk]
Jul 29, 2010 (2:29 pm)
nycrk: Personally, I would view four oil changes in 2.5 years and 8700 miles as unnecessary. Perhaps altair or shiftright could shed some light on this. I think I would just change it once per year...that would be conservative enough. On the other hand, and more importantly, I would want to be ABSOLUTELY SURE that whoever is changing your oil is using the correct VW spec for the 2.0T, which I assume the is same as it has been for the 1.8T...502.00 AND NOTHING LESS. You could end up with sludge problems and/or a voided warranty if otherwise. My daughter who is driving my '06 Golf brought it to the local tire/service shop and the idiots put in some Pennzoil 5w 20 or similar. Don't assume that your oil change guy/gal knows what the heck they are doing! Regarding "other maintenance", follow your manual or go online, there are a number of sources like Edmunds that can provide normal maintenance schedules for your car. vwdawg
#3130 of 3340 Re: VW Passat Low mileage Oil Change Intervals [nycrk]
Jul 29, 2010 (2:55 pm)
I guess it sort of depends on how you accumulate the mileage that you are putting on. Is this all really short trips, in city? Or does the car get out on the highway and up to speed for, say, an hour or so?
If I were in your boat, I'd probably go to an oil change once a year, but I'd make certain that the oil used is the proper synthetic that the engine calls for.
None of this is based on any VW approved schedule, it's just what I would do. BTW, I'd really try and get the car out on the open highway at least once a month to get the moisture out of the oil.
#3131 of 3340 Re: VW Passat Low mileage Oil Change Intervals [altair4]
Jul 30, 2010 (7:18 am)
Thanks for the input. I only take the car to get serviced at the VW dealership and its always been synthetic. I do a lot of local city driving here in NYC but every once in a while i'll take it out on the highway. I think i will just stick to the once a yr change since that seems like the best route. Also, is anyone familiar with the brake fluid change? According to the manual it says that it should be done after the first 3 yrs on a passat but one local dealerships here say its not necessary and one says to do it every 2 yrs. I am planning on sticking with the manual but wanted to know if anyone has had this service done?
#3132 of 3340 Re: VW Passat Low mileage Oil Change Intervals [nycrk]
Jul 31, 2010 (4:47 am)
nycrk, I've stuck with the every two brake fluid change on my '03 Passat; in fact, I'm due for my fourth brake fluid change this autumn. It's not that expensive of a service.
Since brake fluid attracts and retains moisture, and moisture in brake fluid encourages rust and degrades brake performance, the change is not dictated by mielage, but rather by time.
Again, if I were you, I'd stick to the manual's recommendation in this area. Given your low mileage, you don't want to develop a sticking brake piston in one of the calipers due to rust in the system. Good luck.
Aug 02, 2010 (8:44 pm)
i have a 1999 passat v6 auto the front end is vibrating when i accel is it my cv joints or something worse
#3134 of 3340 Re: vibration when accelling [scubasteve0800]
by Mr_Shiftright HOST
Aug 03, 2010 (9:48 am)
CV joints is a good guess and requires your immediate attention. You could also have a badly bent tire rim or some loose steering or suspension piece. By all means, stop driving this car and get it looked at.