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    1. 01-30-2020 09:17 PM #1
      The 1.4tsi has said to have gone from chain drive back to a " life time belt drive for the cams. See the thing is l can get a 180hp 1.8T for 400$ but if l have a belt failure it could kill me in texas.
      Texas is slick it has a mini autobahn . Speed limit is 65 to 85 but 70mph.

      So is there a " life time " or chain reinforced belt for the 20v? I would really not mind having a 20"( extensive fender work) wheeled mk3 gls 20v although they say the 16valves are better the 20valve has too much airflow
      Last edited by Anthony's; 01-30-2020 at 09:28 PM.

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      01-30-2020 10:33 PM #2
      No such thing as life time.

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      What vegeta said.

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      02-06-2020 03:31 AM #3
      None. Just replace the belt every 60000 miles and you are golden.

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      02-06-2020 09:32 AM #4
      Just curious. For the 1.8T early in the 2000's (I had a 2003) VW said change belt at 110,000. Then they dropped down to 80,000. Is 60,000 their new norm or is that just a personal preference ? (a lot of work for an 82 yr old back yard no-garage guy)

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      02-06-2020 01:38 PM #5
      The belt can go 100k, the hydraulic tensioner can fail out if the box. Hence the sudden change in bent interval. 60k is good to change hydro tensioner.

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      02-06-2020 06:16 PM #6
      Quote Originally Posted by Drbrown View Post
      Just curious. For the 1.8T early in the 2000's (I had a 2003) VW said change belt at 110,000. Then they dropped down to 80,000. Is 60,000 their new norm or is that just a personal preference ? (a lot of work for an 82 yr old back yard no-garage guy)
      It actually depends. The combination of belt age and mileage should be considered when changing the belt. If you had the belt for at least 6 years or at least 60000 miles, you should consider replacing it for your peace of mind and your safety. You should include the tensioner and water pump. Save yourself a headache.

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      02-07-2020 10:39 AM #7
      Thanks to both of you for response. VW sure likes to "enhance" their shop/maintenance income. My old domestic cars always had metal timing chains that often out-lived the life of the engine under normal driving. Got a 1947 that's still running strong.

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