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2001.5 Passat V6 30V

I was looking at the maint schedule at the VW site. Although it mentions "checking" the timing belt at 40k, a note at the bottom says recommend changing the belt every 40k--that sounds expensive and unnecessary :???: !!!

Mann engine air filter for $14.65? Bosch for $23.96? Mann/Hengst $9.30 or OEM for $18.47

Spark plugs? BKR6EKUB NGK $7.90, Platinum 4=4.73, Platinum 2 =$3.31


Cabin air filter, ACC for $15.26 or dust/pollen filter for $18.91

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I just got done performing a 40,000 mile service to my V6 this weekend. I ordered ECS Tunings 40,000 mile service kit. It includes an airfilter, oil filter, pollin filter, 7 qts. ( atleast for the V6 ) of Pentosynth 5w-40 ( very good stuff and the factory fill I believe from what I hear), a new drain plug and crush washer, 6 ngk spark plugs ( again, for the V6, but they look exactly like the factory ones ), and a new fuel filter. All the fluid filters are made by Mann which I think is VW's factory supplier. The only thing I didn't get done was the fuel filter as I wasn't sure how to get the clamps off. Hopefully, if someone can tell me how, I'll get to that next weekend. As for the timing belt, typically 60,000 miles is the general rule of thumb for replacement. Ofcourse it never hurts to check the condition of it periodically until then.
 

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Oh yeah, and total cost of the kit was $147, and thats including shipping. Oh jeese, duh, I just realized you said you have a v6, I thought you said you had a 1.8T.
 

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I was looking at the maint schedule at the VW site. Although it mentions "checking" the timing belt at 40k, a note at the bottom says recommend changing the belt every 40k--that sounds expensive and unnecessary
You have to have the timing belt checked at 40k and according to my '99, V6 maintance schedule it gets changed at 105K. I think it is a tad high and I am having my belt changed @ 80K. Alot of people do it around 60-65K, becuase they are worried that the belt might prematurely break (which some have been known to break about that time-length), but hey, this is something that VW stats in the maintance book. Good luck.

Here is the maintance schedule off of the VW website for my car however, but it will give you an idea: http://www.vw.com/SP/MaintSchedule.jsp
 

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also, I think if you do a lot of highway driving, and don't rev the engine real hard to often, the belt will last longer. I had 111,000 miles on my escort when the belt broke, and it happened right after I got done beating the piss out of it. I think 60,000 miles is a good idea just to be safe, especially on an interference engine.
 
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