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Unhappy 2.5 TDI 180hp timing belt replacement

My local Audi dealer (Aberdeen) gave me an estimate to replace the timing belt and "water pump damper" on my 2004 2.5 TDI (180 bhp) - £423.50 labour plus £300.00 parts - all plus VAT = £832!!! This seems pretty excessive to me. What should I expect to pay for this work? Would I be better trying a different Audi agency? Could a resonably competent indie garage specialising in Audi, BMW, Mercedes do this job without any difficulty? And why does the water pump have to be replaced after only +/- 55000 miles? My 13 yr old A80 never had the water pump replaced with 110k miles.
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Yes, a competent independent shop, specializing in Audi's, can certainly perform the timing-belt replacement work. In most cases, the independent shop will provide the parts below the dealership prices and their labor charges usually undercut the dealership labor charges.

Due to the "major-surgery" nature of the Audi timing-belt replacement (the technicians have to open-up the entire front-end of the engine to gain access), it's prudent to perform a number of other parts replacements that require the same degree of engine-bay access. So, in addition to the timing-belt (and it's related components), it's considered advisable to also replace the water-pump, thermostat, etc. since these parts will likely fail before you're due for another timing-belt.

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I got mine inc water pump termosat all belts and pulleys for about £550 inc vat at stafford audi, there on ebay great place , getting my clutch done there soon
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I got mine inc water pump termosat all belts and pulleys for about £550 inc vat at stafford audi, there on ebay great place , getting my clutch done there soon
Was that a 2.5? I wouldn't do it for that price as a private job.......



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Yes its the 2.5 v6, there an audi dealer, and seeing as oxford audi wanted over £1000, i thougth it was good, you get 2yrs 20k miles cover on the work too
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I agree with the above. I would not have had the work carried out by my local Audi dealer unless they had been having a special offer on timing belts at the time.
I have heard some horrendous prices being quoted (and paid) by some owners who could have had the same work carried out by competent specialists at a greatly reduced cost.

Just cos the garage has a big Audi sign over the door does not mean they have to charge the earth.

When I needed bodywork repair to be carried out and the insurance company sent the vehicle off to my local Audi dealer. They in turn sent it to a Vauxhall dealer to have the paintwork done.
Strange but true........................the reason. "Best paintshop in the area sir"
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