[V6-12v] Timing Belt - Dealer Response

Austin Franklin austin.franklin at charter.net
Sun Mar 2 08:41:09 PST 2008

Hi Casimiro,

FYI, the dealer wanted $1400-$1600 to do mine.  The independent shop wanted
$400 labor, and allowed me to supply the parts.  I got a timing belt "kit"
with all OEM Audi parts from Shokan (water pump, thermostat, belt, idler
pulley) for something like $200.  So basically, it was less than half price
from these guys.  They were more than qualified to do the job.


Best Regards,


  -----Original Message-----
  From: Casimiro Izquierdo [mailto:caig01 at yahoo.com]
  Sent: Saturday, March 01, 2008 11:25 PM
  To: Austin Franklin
  Subject: Re: [V6-12v] Timing Belt - Dealer Response


  Thank you for the offer.  I am in Northern Virginia and although there are
some independents in the area, they all charge about the same as the dealer.
There seems to be one such good independent in Virginia, but he is 3 hours
away.  I will keep looking in the meantime.



  ----- Original Message ----
  From: Austin Franklin <austin.franklin at charter.net>
  To: Casimiro Izquierdo <caig01 at yahoo.com>
  Sent: Saturday, March 1, 2008 2:19:37 PM
  Subject: RE: [V6-12v] Timing Belt - Dealer Response

  Hi Casimiro,

  Why not get some prices from some non-dealers that specialize in Audis?
  you are in the New England area, I can recommend one.



  > -----Original Message-----
  > From: v6-12v-bounces at audifans.com [mailto:v6-12v-bounces at audifans.com]On
  > Behalf Of Casimiro Izquierdo
  > Sent: Saturday, March 01, 2008 1:27 PM
  > To: Audi Fans
  > Subject: [V6-12v] Timing Belt - Dealer Response
  > I spoke to my service rep at my dealer.  He said that the belt
  > should be checked periodically starting at 60,000 miles and
  > changed between 95,000 miles and 105,000 miles.  He is also aware
  > of the second dealer that stated that this timing belt
  > replacement is covered under a service agreement.  This second
  > dealer has caused a lot of  trouble for the other area dealers in
  > that for this service it has quoted different prices ranging from
  > $1,600 to $2,900.  The other closest area dealers, including
  > mine, are charging $2,100.  This cost, although not trivial, I do
  > not find extravagant.  That is, given the amount of work involved
  > and the parts that would be replaced, as per the details
  > explained in this forum.  I had another quote from a semi-dealer
  > that was for $2,600, however, I would probably not trust the car
  > to them for this service. My service person wants me to bring the
  > car to have the belt checked and I will do so shortly.
  > Again, I want to thank every one of you that have given me some
  > information regarding this issue.
  > Casimiro
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