Author Topic: Timing Chain tensioner Failure List (timing issue)- Please Update with Your Info  (Read 216970 times)

Offline na_s

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surely purchasing vw's approved used warranty will cover this sort of thing? I'm struggling to understand why with the knowledge of this issue, people don't purchase it, in light of the potential bill its peanuts. I was quoted £370 for the year (fully comp).

Can't do online quotes but worth calling up 0845 641 9767

Offline chris1h

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surely purchasing vw's approved used warranty will cover this sort of thing? I'm struggling to understand why with the knowledge of this issue, people don't purchase it, in light of the potential bill its peanuts. I was quoted £370 for the year (fully comp).

Can't do online quotes but worth calling up 0845 641 9767

 i have just purcahsed vd approved warrenty the highest type for around £360 with road side assistance. hopefully will cover when mine goes bang! :shocked:
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Offline andygo

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Whilst I understand the thinking behind purchasing a warranty, surely it must be better to spend the money swapping the worrying part rather than being recovered to a VW garage and waiting for the car to be fixed. Preventative maintenance...

Offline JIMMYBRODIE

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Simple really, £300+ for a warranty that covers everything or the same cash to repair the parts that may go agin within 12 months.

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Whilst I understand the thinking behind purchasing a warranty, surely it must be better to spend the money swapping the worrying part rather than being recovered to a VW garage and waiting for the car to be fixed. Preventative maintenance...

as above, given the small variance in price, warranty would be a better purchase. I'd even say the part plus labour to fit it could possibly tip the warranty price so the cover is essentially your "preventative maintenance" for this. The drive line cover is under £300 which is the obvious cheaper alternative if this is the only area of concern.





Offline Scottw

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Are you 100% sure the parts are covered,warranties aren't worth the paper there on, they may still want 50% of you.....£4000 !!
Every service by vw? On time not late ?

Offline andygo

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I understand the point of a warranty, but for the sake of swapping the weak link before it breaks means you are not without your car at a time (and place) that's inconvenient to you.

I'd much rather the car be off the road for a day that suits me than for at least a week and with the car miles from home. Much less stressful.

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Are you 100% sure the parts are covered,warranties aren't worth the paper there on, they may still want 50% of you.....£4000 !!
Every service by vw? On time not late ?

From whats been written on here and other places the manufacturer warranties seem to be more reliable. Like any 'warranty' you have to check the small print. The aftermarket warranties are full of clauses and the cover decreases with age/mileage so not always worth it, for example the definition of wear & tear is often used broadly to avoid paying out. I suspect that the tensioner would be covered by a decent warranty and you can always check before purchasing.

If your car has been serviced outside of VW then I don't think you can take out a policy.

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Hi, I have read most of this thread & in quite a panic as I own a 2009 Gti.

I have phoned my local Citygate, who say they dont know anything & then I spoke to VW customer services & tried to explain to them, who also said there was nothing on the system about this.

My Citygate told me it would be £1500 to replace the tensioner & was a big job & as I can see from the guide on this thread that is a lie as the job doesnt look that complicated atall to replace just the tensioner.

I dont know where to go next with this. Obviously I want the tensioner updated but I cant see VW giving me any help money wise.

I really feel for the people whove had their engines destroyed & disgusting how theyve been forced to pay out. :angry:

Any recommendation for a decent specialist in NW London area?

AMD in Harrow quoted me 800 for the chain & tensioner & 600 just for the tensioner. They reckon the chain had also been updated so thinks that also has an issue.
big leap from £300 talked about on here.
« Last Edit: 31 March 2015, 13:14 by Dubbit »

Offline JIMMYBRODIE

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I'm pretty much in the same boat, it's there an aftermarket upgrade that would cure the problem long term? These engines are raced and driven hard, surely there is an option.