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Biggest job I did was change the park brake switch, in the interior, and nearly killed myself doing that (not seriously, but the trim pieces go together like a precise puzzle, which I couldn't figure out but Ms. tom66 did)
 

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However, the point I am making here is that this job is well within the realms of a decent independent garage or VAG specialist. The ICE is essentially just a standard 1.4 TSI after all and you do not need to go anywhere near the high voltage parts to replace the timing belt. The original VW belt that I removed was Made by Dayco with a VW logo on it so I wouldn鈥檛 bother with original VW parts either - Continental or Dayco kits are of the same OEM quality.
 

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I don鈥檛 imagine VW actually make cam belts. They would get them from companies like Continental or Dayco. Same product in a VW box would have a substantial mark up. I guess the trick to buy a reputable make and avoid a Chinese knock off 馃槩.
 

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Got a quote for 拢640.03 (inc VAT) for my GTE to get the cambelt changed. It's due in September.

What did others pay?
I鈥檓 just looking again as normality returns. Been quoted 拢500 (Indy) to 拢1200 (main dealer) with a variety in between - M25 based. One main dealer quoted 拢494 but I鈥檝e discounted that as they鈥檝e clearly failed to use my reg number for the quote. I鈥檝e also had one dealer respond who states that this is a belt for life and doesn鈥檛 need changing at 5 years. I鈥檓 amazed at the price differentials and also the knowledge discrepancy.

Edited to say it鈥檚 now two dealers saying 拢494 but the second one even read the model and reg number back on their voicemail.
 

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I thought it was change after 5 years / 100k miles, regardless of inspection.

Water pump on the GTE is electric so is not changed at same time as belt.
Water pump is not electric, it鈥檚 driven off of the opposite end of the camshaft, same as the standard 1.4 TSI. Doesn鈥檛 necessarily need to be replaced at the same time as the cam belt as it is driven by its own belt which is independent from the cam belt but VW recommend that it鈥檚 changed at the same time.
 

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It's a completely different part on the GTE and a unit with nowhere to engage a drive
There is an electric pump to cool the electrical side when the engine is not running but also a conventional mechanical pump for the engine - same as the standard 1.4tsi. I know this as I have just replaced the timing belt on my GTE myself and you need to remove the drive cover for the water pump in order to fit the locking plate to the camshafts.
 

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I have been quoted by two separate VW garages at over 拢1100 to change the cam belt. I found a local VW specialist that will do it for just over 拢500.
VW say my extended warranty will remain valid as long as the specialist uses genuine parts etc. Is it just the cam belt that gets changed or are there any other parts worth doing at the same time?
 

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The VW belt kit should come with a tensioner, guide and 2 bolts and an o ring for the variable camshaft sprockets. I suspect your quote from the dealer will have included replacing the water pump and separate drive belt - whilst I would not consider it essential that you replace the water pump (it鈥檚 not driven off of the cam belt) I suspect that you might have to in order to keep your warranty in tact! I would check with your dealer what was included in the 拢1100 quote to be sure....
 

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I've just had the dreaded call from VW dealership in Chelmsford - having had my GTE booked in with them for a month, (so they're fully prepared and all parts are in i was assuming) - they call to tell me the 拢500 quoted has now doubled to 拢990, and they can't do the fix today as they don't have the correct 'part'! Immediate google for a VW specialist in Chelmsford, 拢489 inclusive, and confirmation that i have a hybrid that requires 'special' treatment! Wow.
 

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I've just had the dreaded call from VW dealership in Chelmsford - having had my GTE booked in with them for a month, (so they're fully prepared and all parts are in i was assuming) - they call to tell me the 拢500 quoted has now doubled to 拢990, and they can't do the fix today as they don't have the correct 'part'! Immediate google for a VW specialist in Chelmsford, 拢489 inclusive, and confirmation that i have a hybrid that requires 'special' treatment! Wow.
Well worth getting a quote from your Skoda dealer as well, they鈥檙e often more competitive. I get my GTE serviced though bookmygarage.com who referred me to Bristol Street Skoda who charge 拢120 for a minor service, not worth doing it myself for that price 馃槈
 

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Very good point, especially given Skoda now have a PHEV based on the GTE / eTSI platform.
 
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