i have to replace my alternator. should they replace the timing belt as well. on 2003 Volkswagen Passat

it is a 2.8 V6 so the whole front end has to removed to get to the alternator. so since the car is at 83,000, should i go ahead and have them replace the timing belt/water pump since they are already in there.

by in Richmond, VA on November 24, 2011
1 answer
ANSWER by on November 24, 2011
If you plan on keeping the car long term it may save a a duplication of labor to do the timing belt now. I hate it when simple repairs become so intensive (poor design) but when you can save labor down the road you may be better of doing the timing belt now.