Does the timing belt need changing on my wife's Skoda Fabia?
My wife has a Skoda Fabia 1.2 HTP 60, which she uses mainly for shopping trips and has done 10,100 miles from new. It is now coming up for its four year service and she has been told by the Skoda dealer that this service will include a new cambelt and water pump, etc. at a cost of £370 and will do so every four years. Do you think that this is necessary, especially in view of the low mileage?
If this is the 3-cylinder 1.2 then it is chain cam and the dealer is either stupid or is lying in order to perpetrate a fraud. If it's the 4-cylinder EA211 1.2TSI then that does have a belt and, though there is not yet any history of timing belt failure on this engine, dealers seem to be applying the same rules they used for previous VAG engines.
Answered by Honest John on