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TDi Cambelts

Discussion in 'A4/A4 cabriolet/S4 forum(B6 chassis)' started by jdp1962, Oct 11, 2005.

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    I'm toying with the idea of buying a 2.5Tdi. Can anyone tell me at what mileage intervals the cambelt should be changed?

    Thanks.
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    the pump belt needs checking and adjusting if req every service
    and both cambelt and pump belt need changing every 80k
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    Hmmmm.... The car I'm thinking about is advertised as having done 68.5K, probably not enough for me to insist on a new cambelt as a condition of sale.

    Thanks for the info, Pete.
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    I've been advised by the dealer to have the cambelt changed at 60k miles!?!?!?!?!
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    My current A4 is a petrol V6, & the correct interval for it is 70K. That's why I asked the question about the V6 TDI, as the one I'm interested in is at 68.5K.
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    audi advise 80k and autodata say 75k for the v6 2.5 tdi
    the 1.9 tdi is at 60k
    i checked my belt at 3 years old and 51k (1.9tdi) and found the belt was cracking and about to snap, so i changed it
    your best bet is just to change it anyway or you will be driving around thinking is it going to snap and your looking around £300/400 for a belt or £2000 plus for a engine
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    Hmmmm.... The car I'm thinking about is advertised as having done 68.5K, probably not enough for me to insist on a new cambelt as a condition of sale.

    Thanks for the info, Pete.

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    Is the sale private, approved used or a dealer?

    If approved used or a independant dealer perhaps you could agree a reduced price belt change if you take it back to them when the change is due.

    Sweetens the deal for you and they make a sale.

    Kev.
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    If the belt breaks on a 2.5 TDI the cost of repairs will not be in the region of £2000 but be more like £5.5K - the 2.5 will need 2 new cylinder heads probably. Cost of changing the belts,excluding the water pump, which should be changed as well is around £600 including VAT - inc water pump more like £700.
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    Still mulling it over. I like Kevint's idea, & I think the dealer would go for it, as i've been a customer for a while & we get on well. I'm also thinking about not getting a TDI at all, but another petrol V6, (or maybe just keeping the 2.8 & building an extension).

    Decisions, decisions..... /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/confused.gif
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    Just had mine done on 1.9TDi (B6)- £450 at a specialist, this included water pump, tensioner and V belt tensioner (which is £100 just for the part).
    Still running the 2.8Q as second car, but if you do any sort of mileage the diesel easily halves your fuel bill (650 miles to £50, whereas the 2.8 = 280miles to £50)
    I managed to get a silver B6 TDi (130bhp) Avant for £9k as it had done 110k miles, but it was mint. Got full charcoal leather/alcantara interior off ebay for £400 (sold the old interior for £150) so now it's perfect. Wish I'd done it years ago.
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