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    Exclamation 1.9CDTi Broken Timing Belt at 69k Miles!!!

    Hello,

    Looking for some advice. I've got a Nov 2004, 54 plate 1.9CDTi Vectra Estate Club. A couple of weeks ago the timing belt snapped, at 69,000 miles. I think I'm right in saying that the planned replacement is at 80k miles or 10 years. I haven't had any work done on it, other than checking that the belt has gone.

    I bought the car 18 months ago with a full dealer history and have had it serviced since at an independent. Initial call to Vauxhall can be summarised as "hard cheese, mate - them's the breaks, we won't be paying anything to assist with repair..."

    Any advice about whether it's worth pushing them further or what to do with a vectra estate with a dud engine???

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    i bet they repair it when you get the letter off to them and trust me they dont like have letters sent to them by a solisitors

    bmw are doing repair on cars that are 10 years old and the repairs have be costing over 3k a time

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    All I can say is good luck. You could try VX HQ and submit a complaint but it would need a full vx service history or I would expect them to loose interest very quickly. All they will probably say is I'm sorry, its out of warranty and the 80k is a guideline type BS. After all its 3 years or so out of its 3 year cover

    However, I have had some success with getting them to pay a percentage but mine was full vxsh etc. My local dealer took my case up with VX and they agreed to pay 70% when my steering needed some work.

    They may just tell you to get the belt manufacturer to pay as its them who give it a life span but imo its vx who should help.
    If you don't ask you don't get. Push it with VXHQ

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    good luck get what can has the water pump siezed?

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    cam belt supposed to be 100000 miles before change so you should be able to take them on providing you can demonstrate that its the original belt....

    that milage info was VX info ( off TIS ) if i remember correctly

    but i would never leave it that long after i found mine badly worn at 70000

    salutory lesson i guess

    mine will be changed at 60000 intervals from now on.

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    the recommended change is 10yrs or 100k, if your car is within the 3yr warranty with FULL vx service history you will be ok, if not you're in deep doo doo!, im not sure about the cdti's cam follower set up as its a fiat engine, but vx usually make theres so if the belt snaps the followers just break without doing any damage elsewhere!. although there maybe damadge from a faulty tensioner/idle roller or water pump are common.

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    I believe I read that it snaps the rockers to avoid major damage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Sig View Post
    I believe I read that it snaps the rockers to avoid major damage.
    hi sig!, if thats the way there built, if i were 'septic', IF a nagative response was to be had it may be worth whipping the top off to have a peep!, was the vehicle stopped straight away! (no constant jazzing or towing trying to restart), and it will need at least FULL cam belt kit & water pump (total around £125 ish). plus timing kit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by the-wizard View Post
    the recommended change is 10yrs or 100k,
    Is "recommended" Minimum or Maximum life span?

    If the belt is 4 years and 30k short of its "recommended" shelf life surely there should be some sort of help available for VX? I just changed mine as it had reached its 6 year recommended life span, it was in perfect condition tbh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by the-wizard View Post
    hi sig!, if thats the way there built, if i were 'septic', IF a nagative response was to be had it may be worth whipping the top off to have a peep!, was the vehicle stopped straight away! (no constant jazzing or towing trying to restart), and it will need at least FULL cam belt kit & water pump (total around £125 ish). plus timing kit.
    I think I read it on here about the rockers so it's already third hand info

    Quote Originally Posted by DasArab View Post
    Is "recommended" Minimum or Maximum life span?

    If the belt is 4 years and 30k short of its "recommended" shelf life surely there should be some sort of help available for VX? I just changed mine as it had reached its 6 year recommended life span, it was in perfect condition tbh.
    A life span is dependant on how it's used. If it's sat in traffic with the engine running a lot then the belt will do more reveloutions in 100k than one on the motorway all day every day. The 100k is only a guideline.

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