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Cam belt replacement cost?

Tom Shields Jul 4, 2018

  1. Tom Shields

    Tom Shields Member TeamMisano TFSI Owners Group VCDS Map User Audi A3

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    Just had the cam / timing belt replaced on my 1.4 TFSI and I think I've been ripped off.

    Total comes to £454.67

    78.89 for the timing kit +VAT
    300 for the labour +VAT

    is it me or is this quite a lot?
     
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  3. Invicta

    Invicta Member

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    Yeah you've been well and truly ripped off there in my opinion. If they're Audi techs, then they'll know these cars really well. I mean.. they see them constantly on a daily basis. This shouldn't be a difficult job at all for them so why the labour is so high is beyond me, complete rip off. Really, it should be a fraction of £300
     
  4. RichardT

    RichardT Well-Known Member Team Brill Red saloon Audi A3

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    Didn’t you ask beforehand how much it would be?
     
  5. oli356

    oli356 Well-Known Member Team Sepang Audi S3 S tronic

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    ** not a mechanic **
    If something is easy for them though it doesn't mean it's quick. Labour will be done on duration compared to difficulty right..

    But I have no idea how long this would take :)
     
  6. Retroman

    Retroman Audi A3 2010 Sportback 2.0 TDI 170 (CBBB engine)

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    I'd be happy with that price in my location- Audi dealers usually charge more than that - you can't expect the professionals to do this for DIY money.
     
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    Retroman Audi A3 2010 Sportback 2.0 TDI 170 (CBBB engine)

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  8. Matt Titanium

    Matt Titanium Well-Known Member Team Navarra Audi S3 Manual

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    There will be a set time for the job so I suppose they will charge a standard price for a cambelt change on a 1.4 A3. As Richard T suggests, best to ask the price beforehand.
     
  9. RichardT

    RichardT Well-Known Member Team Brill Red saloon Audi A3

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    I have no idea what is involved in changing a cam belt on an A3. But in years gone by it was always regarded as an important and fairly big job.
    (But certainly not as big a job as it is if it breaks!!)
     
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  10. Chris43

    Chris43 Well-Known Member Team Nano Grey Audi A3 S-line owners group

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    £300 will be a couple of hours labour charge at main dealer rates. I paid VW £100 per hour about 6 years ago.

    Its a lot but as RichardT says it's a job that has to be done and done right else the consequences could easily cost 10 times that.
     
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  11. Scotty75

    Scotty75 Well-Known Member Team Brilliant Black Silver Supporter Audi A3 Sportback S-line owners group Manual

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    My 2.0 tdi cost £495 to get the cam belt done a week ago but as a side note Audi will MOT the car free for the time you own the vehicle. Small bonus.

    End of the day I'm sure an independent garage would be cheaper
     
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  13. RichardT

    RichardT Well-Known Member Team Brill Red saloon Audi A3

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    Free MOT at Audi is not a general thing. It must be a special offer at your dealership I think. I certainly paid for my first MOT.
     
  14. Tom Shields

    Tom Shields Member TeamMisano TFSI Owners Group VCDS Map User Audi A3

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    This was an independent.

    I'm kicking myself for not questioning it before paying.
     
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  15. Scotty75

    Scotty75 Well-Known Member Team Brilliant Black Silver Supporter Audi A3 Sportback S-line owners group Manual

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    I was told that this was a deal Audi are offering this year

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  16. S32B

    S32B Well-Known Member Audi A5 S tronic Coupe

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    Lower than their quote:

    screenshot-www.audi.co.uk-2018.07.05-10-10-06.jpg
     
  17. Invicta

    Invicta Member

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    Exactly and since this job isn't particularly difficult it shouldn't take that long and thus be that pricey. I've done a couple of much bigger and far more awkward engines as my job and it probably more or less comprises of loosening up a pulley, taking it off (possibly by passing it around the fan but that may be pure electronic and cause no obstacle), putting the new one on which, depending on how poorly the engine was designed, may be pretty damn awkward (but something this guys surely are used to), tightening the pulley back up and checking the belt for correct tension. I wouldn't expect no more than 2 tops really, especially when at dealerships like Audi they'll be cracking the whip 24/7
     
  18. Tom Shields

    Tom Shields Member TeamMisano TFSI Owners Group VCDS Map User Audi A3

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    This wasn't a dealership. This was a small independent garage
     
  19. AndyKnight

    AndyKnight Active Member Team Navarra Audi S3 Sportback S tronic DSG

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    Probably got tensioner replacements as well in there somewhere.
     
  20. Scotty75

    Scotty75 Well-Known Member Team Brilliant Black Silver Supporter Audi A3 Sportback S-line owners group Manual

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    A breakdown of the cost FYI.[​IMG]

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  21. andywil13

    andywil13 Active Member

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    I thought that the A3's had a timing chain that "never" needs replacing. or will do significantly more mileage and years before needing replacement. I just had my 63 plate 1.8TFSI serviced at Audi and they said there was no cam belt and that it was just a regular service.
     
  22. Chris43

    Chris43 Well-Known Member Team Nano Grey Audi A3 S-line owners group

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    Its engine specific, some have belts and some have chains
     
  23. dg-1984

    dg-1984 Active Member Team Daytona Audi A3 Sportback S-line owners group Manual

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    Water pump not even replaced either for that. Surely should be done at the same time while your in there.
     
  24. Tom Shields

    Tom Shields Member TeamMisano TFSI Owners Group VCDS Map User Audi A3

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    It doesn't run off the cam belt. It wasn't leaking and the car stays cool. So I didn't see much of a point.
     
  25. Scotty75

    Scotty75 Well-Known Member Team Brilliant Black Silver Supporter Audi A3 Sportback S-line owners group Manual

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    With my model A3 the water pump tensions the cam belt, after fitting and adjustment there were no leaks on the water pump so it wasnt in need of replacing. No point spending dosh unnecessarily.

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