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    Afternoon folks, My 2002 LS 1.8 has just reached the magic 77,777 miles and I got to thinking about my timing belt. Should I get it done by my regular guy (Suzuki dealer at the foot of the street) or is that a dealer job ? Haven't called for any quotes yet but was just wondering.

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    You've left it nearly 80k without a belt change?

    That aside, any competent mechanic will be able to do it. Don't give the dealers the satisfaction

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    Where ever you get it done, I would get them to change the waterpump and all the idler pullys and the belt tensioner whilst they are doing it, all worth while whilst the belt is being replaced. I see no reason why your " bloke" down the road can not do it all he needs is the VX pully "locking tool".

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    I bought it at 39.400 mls from a Vauxhall dealer and they done the first service ( around 55,000ls) a year later but not sure if they would have done it, that's one reason I want it done. What kind of price would I be around for all the bits and pieces like the water pump etc?

    Thanks for the replies folks.

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    No they wouldn't have done it. It costs about £220 from a vx dealer. It should really be done a lot earlier than you have left it. IMO your very lucky it hasn't snapped!
    Now I need a turbo to keep up!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ed taylor View Post
    Where ever you get it done, I would get them to change the waterpump and all the idler pullys and the belt tensioner whilst they are doing it, all worth while whilst the belt is being replaced. I see no reason why your " bloke" down the road can not do it all he needs is the VX pully "locking tool".
    All getting done tomorrow at the foot of the street - £206. Thanks for all the inputs guys.

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    slight hijack here my car is coming up to 40 000 nmiles when ideally should the timing belt etc be changed ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by neverlandandy View Post
    slight hijack here my car is coming up to 40 000 nmiles when ideally should the timing belt etc be changed ?
    Hi,

    Reckon it's around 60k...

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    Depends on the engine and who you talk to. My impression is that it's 40,000 on petrols to play safe, but don't know about diesels but VX's 10 years/100,000 is not to be taken seriously. I remember some years ago they pulled back the intervals on some petrols from 60,000 to 40,000 after a number of belt failures.

    Chains should last the life of the vehicle if properly looked after.

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    thanks i'll do mine at 60 000 then

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