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    A3 - Timing belt question

    Hi All,

    I have a 2008 1.9 TDi 105 A3 that has done 75,500 miles.

    I am unsure whether or not the timing belt needs changing. The service history isn't very clear and I have contacted the Audi garage that last serviced it but they have no record of whether the timing belt was changed or not. A friend of mine is a mechanic and he has checked for tearing (there is none) and the belt still has V.A.G written on it quite clearly. It was a company car before I got it so a lot of the miles were motorway miles, would this make a difference?

    Considering I am in doubt I should probably go ahead and change it but I don't really have the money right now and I need to drive from London to Cardiff (220 mile round trip) this weekend.

    Any advice?


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    I would get it done.

    I was in the same situation when i bought my A3, history was patchy and I decided to get the cambelt, water pump, DSG filter n oil changed along with a service.
    It cost a bit but the peace of mind was worth it.
    2005 Audi A3 2.0 TDI DSG S-line (8p1)
    Mods: 18" Gloss Black RS4's - 8p2 S-line Front Bumper - Black Grill - A5 LED Number Plate lights - LED Sidelights - Euro Style Plates - EGR Delete - RTech Custom Remap - Hot Start Issue Fix
    Pipeline: Lowering, Wheel Refurb, Coming Home Lights

    2007 VW Golf 2.0 GT TDI 140 (Wife's)
    Mods: 18" Charlestons

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    The rule of thumb I use is 5years/60000miles. Whichever comes first.

    If it were my car I would get it done. Having the belt changed is far cheaper than rebuilding the engine, should the worst happen.
    2008 E92 BMW 335i M-sport
    1990 Golf GTi w/ a 20v heart BUILD THREAD
    Full VCDS

    2006 A3 2.0T quattro S-line R.I.P. You will be missed.

    ** Breaking - 8L 1997 Audi A3 1.8T. **



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