do most shops replace all of the needed components when changing the timing belt: water pump, tensioners, etc.... is $1000 too much or is that a good price given it's a time consuming job? do most shops purchase the kits?
timing belt price on 2002 Volkswagen Beetle TDI
Yes most shops should be replacing the timing componants and water pump in regards to this type of repair. This is the right way to do it. Kits are readily available and $1000.00 is the average cost for this type of repair. Hope this helps:)
If they do not replace all of the components then do not go to that shop. When doing a timing belt service on a TDI you must change the timing belt, tensioner, idler pulleys, bolts, camshaft seal, vacuum pump seal, accessory belt, and water pump. You also need special lock out tools when doing a timing belt service and VAGCOM to check timing after the service is complete. If you do not change all of these and use the proper tools you risk cylinder head damage. Always make sure that the shop is using good quality parts. We use German parts and VW G12 coolant. Also $1000 for all the parts listed plus labor is a good price. Our price is just shy of this.
I got timming belt for my Camry 1999 replaced in Dec 2010 from Toyota in Dublin Ca for $299 plus tax which i think was a good deal. For same job when i called some other toyota dealerships, they were quoting higher prices. But Toyota in Dublin quoted me this price and same day i went and had it done.