The wife's Jetta is nearing 100K and I am wondering what every ones thoughts are on changing the timing belt/chain? Almost all of the miles are freeway and the car has been meticulously maintained since new. We plan on keeping the car indefinitely since it's paid off and does pretty good on gas, so I don't want the thing blowing up on me. What are your thoughts? BTW it has the 1.8l not the 2.0T.
Thanks Jim, I haven't had time to look into the cost of replacement (I don't have the time to do it myself). I wasn't even sure if it had a belt or chain. All I know is at close to 100k, I'm pushing my luck.
Jim's on the money... Change the belt. The motor IS an interference motor. The valves WILL hit pistons if the belt breaks. It will have catastrophic consequences. They'll probably hit you for tensioners and a water pump. That is the right way to do it. Have a good shop do the job so you don't have to do it twice. German, O.E. parts for the whole job.
Call my shop if you have questions. We specialize in Audi, but they use the same motor. (925) 932-8744. M-Service