Is there a way to see if the timing belt was ever replaced on the 2001 New Beetle that I am purchasing?

5

Asked by Dec 03, 2015 at 04:21 AM about the 2001 Volkswagen Beetle

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

How does a person know for sure what type of maintenance has been done to the car that I am purchasing. I am referring to large/necessary maintenance like the timing belt? ALSO, Is changing the head gasket a recommended phase of the maintenance?
I think it would be a good idea to have some type of code/marking in the engine compartment that would indicate these major things have been performed.What is your opinion on my last remark? Thank you!! I am not sure what trim this car has...it has a 5speed manual trans, but how do I know which model it is??!

3 Answers

69,855

You can run a car fax to see what has ben documented, but does not necessarily include all maintenance the previous owner may have done. I would just change the timing belt for peace of mind. The head gasket is not part of routine maintenance. And you marking thing, people can't even remember to knock out the date on a new battery that is installed. So you think marking maintenance done under the hood would be accurate? The model, look on the back of the car.

Best Answer
46,415

You might try to get in touch with a local VW dealership and ask the service department to check the VIN number to see what if any repairs were done. This would only cover services performed at dealerships. Otherwise, I agree with Rowefast, but it and have the belt and other associated parts changed.

1 of 1 people found this helpful.
335

If you can't find out, just have it replaced. Better to be safe than sorry. Peace of mind is priceless. VW!

Your Answer

Add photo

Related Questions

  • New engine for 1974 super beetle 13 answers

    Hi it's Andy again sorry for being so much trouble I don't know anything about cars. My last question about a newer motor for a 1974 super beetle I forgot to mention it is a semi- automatic , dose t...

    1974 Volkswagen Beetle

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • 2006 Beetle won't start 13 answers

    Last weekend car wouldn't start at rest stop. Waited a few minutes and then it started. Yesterday same thing. Removed battery and took to auto store. They agreed battery was dead and we purchased a n...

    2006 Volkswagen Beetle

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • I have a 1973 Beetle and my battery keeps dying 9 answers

    Volkswagen Beetle

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • At 100K what's likely to need repair? 3 answers

    I'm considering the purchase of a 2001 Beetle 2.0 turbo. The owner is a friend and the car has been taken care of beautifully. It has 100K miles and what I don't know is what is the average life e...

    2001 Volkswagen Beetle GLS 2.0

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • Timing Belt Replacement 19 answers

    I am due for a Timing Belt Replacement (105,000 mi service) and was quoted $850 through Acura. Does this price seem high? Would this service be able to be performed by any mechanic? Thanks. Todd S...

    2001 Acura TL

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

Beetle

Looking for a Used Beetle in your area?

CarGurus has 9,557 nationwide Beetle listings starting at $1,500.

ZIP:

Search Volkswagen Beetle Questions

Volkswagen Beetle Experts

#1 tenspeed
tenspeed
Reputation 1,660
#2 Chris Billings
Chris Billings
Reputation 1,480
#3 Tom Demyan
Tom Demyan
Reputation 1,220
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used MINI Cooper
206 Great Deals out of 10,914 listings starting at $890
Used Volkswagen Jetta
446 Great Deals out of 40,941 listings starting at $950
Used Jeep Wrangler
277 Great Deals out of 18,163 listings starting at $2,950
Used Honda Civic
656 Great Deals out of 88,603 listings starting at $995
Used Ford Mustang
472 Great Deals out of 45,735 listings starting at $1,999
Used Toyota Corolla
785 Great Deals out of 73,830 listings starting at $1,995
Used Volkswagen Golf
60 Great Deals out of 2,881 listings starting at $1,995
Used Chevrolet Camaro
225 Great Deals out of 30,943 listings starting at $1,217
Used Honda Accord
813 Great Deals out of 84,287 listings starting at $1,050
Used Volkswagen Passat
265 Great Deals out of 24,442 listings starting at $1,000
Used Ford Focus
546 Great Deals out of 57,171 listings starting at $1,095
Used BMW 3 Series
974 Great Deals out of 31,729 listings starting at $1,000

Used Cars For Sale

2017 Volkswagen Beetle For Sale
3,810 listings starting at $16,135
2016 Volkswagen Beetle For Sale
15 Great Deals out of 480 listings starting at $11,999
2015 Volkswagen Beetle For Sale
38 Great Deals out of 952 listings starting at $9,500
2014 Volkswagen Beetle For Sale
19 Great Deals out of 709 listings starting at $7,995
2013 Volkswagen Beetle For Sale
25 Great Deals out of 731 listings starting at $7,000

Content submitted by Users is not endorsed by CarGurus, does not express the opinions of CarGurus, and should not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by CarGurus. Please refer to CarGurus Terms of Use.