Does my Volkswagen Golf GT MkV need a cam belt change now, at 42,000 miles?
I bought a 2004 Volkswagen Golf GT MkV 2004 with 42,000 miles on the clock. Volkswagen advises a cam belt change at 65,000 miles or four years, whichever is earlier. This car is six years old and has no problems with no cam belt change done. Is this another Volkswagen money-making machine for dealers? An independent specialist suggests we change it at the next service, at around 58,000. He assures me that the belt for the GT TDI is heavier and longer-lasting. As the car is running very well, and has been and will be driven gently, I am inclined to agree with him. Any comments?
It's six years old so it now needs a belt, tensioner, minor pulleys and water pump change. Bit daft of the first owner to buy a diesel, and then only do 42,000 miles in six years.
Answered by Honest John on