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Audi Dealer Cambelt Change Price - Is this right?

Discussion in 'A3/S3/Sportback (8P Chassis)' started by bentleyboy, Jul 7, 2009.

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    [Jul 7, 2009]
    Hello guys,

    My car is in need of a cambelt change, so just got off the phone to my local Audi main dealer, Chingford.
    As per Audi's website they have quoted a new cambelt at £329. They recommended a water pump change too at an extra £70.

    I asked the lady in their service department if this £329 was for the belt only, and she said it was for the entire cambelt kit, which includes tensioners etc.

    So that's £399 all in.... for everything.

    Done a bit of searching on here and other internet sites and from what I can see prices range from about £500 upwards for the same, and some audi dealers charge £800-£900!!
    Also seen some write that the £329 is for the cambelt only, not the cambelt kit.

    Anybody else used an Audi main dealer for a cambelt change, how much was it, and was the £329 for the belt only?

    Sorry but £399 from Audi for the lot just sounded a bit too good to be true :confused:
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    Make sur eyou get the cambelt kit and not just the camblet done and well worth doing the waterpump.

    I paid £115ish in parts, £37 for waterpump but that was for a 2.0 TDI BKD.

    Id think Audi want around 5hrs labour so would ave thought around the £700 mark would be right but if it is the cambelt KIT, then defo go for it.

    But i went to my independant Audi specialist and paid £150 Labour inc all oil and fliters changed.
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    Yes this is right. It's an ongoing special offer by all dealers apparantly which is being subsidised by Audi HQ. Audi now recommend the cambelt change intervals are sooner than those quoted in the service book (e.g. my service book says every 105,000 miles - now Audi recommend every 75,000 mile or every 5 years). I was quoted exactly the same figures as you. I had the water pupmp replaced under warranty a couple of years back for a problem, so would need just the cambelt, but yes, this is worth getting done too.
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    They definitely said it was the kit, which is why I was surprised by the price.

    Mine's a MY04 2.0 FSI, by the way.

    Might try calling Audi in Docklands to see what they quote.

    I see you and a lot of people talk about changing oil and filters etc at the same time. Is this just to do a service at the same time to cut labour costs, or is this work also recommended when doing a cambelt change??
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    Stafford Audi are also doing it for 399 too so must be a nationwide special.

    Still a rip off though, on my mk2 golf me and my dad did it in about an hour for the cost of a £15 belt, gone are those days! :)
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    audi teesside did my cambelt without telling me when it went in for a new sensor in the coolant bottle.... it didn't cost me a penny wft. i had a years warranty when i bought the car but surely it wouldn't be under warranty.

    this is why i have no problem at all with audi customer service.
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    Would you mind telling me which independant you use and what they are like, I'm in Bolton so might be worth a trip if its not far.
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    Any idea how long this offer is on for? May get mine done early if the offer is going to end. Still expensive but a bargin from audi
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    most audis are and have been doing it for a while now for £275
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    Most Audis???Think the one you linked to is the only one I've seen doing it at that price.Think most are doing it at £329, as per the main audi website.I've booked mine in now.Also, do all audi dealers charge £10 per day for a courtesy car??? My local one does!Thought it would've been a free service.
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    if you mooch on Audi's website they have standardised their prices for normal service items across the entire dealer network for cars over 3 years old. Not sure whether it is technically an offer as such more a way of getting cashflow through the network I would guess to stop peeps going elsewhere.
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    It seems a pretty good price, i rang an independent company that specialises in Cambelt replacement in Nottingham and they Quoted me £188.73 + MP expenses fund oops i mean Vat which comes out at £217.03, my car is out of warranty so i wont give it to the stealers, at that price i may as well get the waterpump done as well at the same time



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    Interesting - I thought it would have been more expensive. My wife used to have a Golf 1.9 TDI and the cost of replacing the belt and tensioners was something like £700. My Sportback is 5 years old this October so I think I'll be making some phone calls!
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    Just like on my previous Alfa Romeo 156, its not usually the belts that fail these days, but the bearings on the tensioner pulleys, which is why just changing the belt on its own isn't a good idea...
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    The dealer price is for the kit (belt, tensioners etc), not just the belt.
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    I just called Audi Bedford as my car has ticked 6 years old and they are still offering £329 for cambelt (and major tensioner) change.

    The offer free courtesy car OR collection and return, went for the latter to my workplace (Stevenage!).

    If the water pump does need changing it's £70 - 90 but they don't do it regardless, just if it's necessary.
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    If it's never been changed I'd get it changed regardless.
    If not it could go later and cause problems. Even if you do manage to catch it on it's way out before other damage is caused you will still be facing big labour charges (a lot more than the £70 you could pay now) to have it changed.
    So doing it at the same time as doing your cambelt gives you peace of mind and saves you money, as most of the work has already been done during the cambelt change.
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