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

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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.
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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.