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Re: Alternative part supl
-=> Quoting Richard Romero <=-
RR> I had a similar dilemma with my V8Q timing belt. The aftermarket
RR> belts were Continentals with "made in Germany" on the belt itself and
RR> rather inexpensive (about $50). The Audi dealer belt with the Audi
RR> logo and 4 circles said "made in Japan" on them- $160. My Audi
RR> mechanic friend said to take the Audi brand ones to "reassure yourself
RR> of the quality" and that I might have some recourse from Audi if the
RR> belt broke prematurely. He got the belt for me at a super discount but
RR> still more that the Contis. Anyone BTDT with these V8 timing belts?
Huh? The Continental is the ORIGINAL belt that came with my
car. When I called the dealer (Clair) they only sold a
Conti Belt for U$145.00. I bought the original Conti
belt (now labeled CRP-stands for Continental Rubber Products)
from Adirondack for $40.00 (had to buy two...look in the
archives for my timing belt soap opera). As for the "recourse"
ha ha ha ha, Audi just plain SUCKS when it comes to
backing up the parts they sell. MAYBE they'd be willing
to replace the cost of the belt if it snapped.
As for "reassuring yourself of the quality" Continental is
one of the best belt manufacturers around, and used to
command a premium on the market, I'd go for the German
made anything, anytime. Audi should take a cue from
Mercedes, if a Mercyless Benz OEM part fails, you take
the car to the dealer, and they reinstall/repair it
on their dime.
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