When does the timing belt need to be replaced on a 2004 Volkswagen Pissat

Asked by Mar 18, 2014 at 08:34 AM about the 2004 Volkswagen Passat GL

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

My parents want to buy me a used 2004 Volkswagen pissat it has 116k mileage but
seems in good shape, my parents are worried about the timing belt though.

1 Answer

4,775

Unless you have 100% proof that the timing belt was changed recently (within the last 20K miles), plan on changing it ASAP. Modern VW engines are "interference" designs. This means, if the timing belt or chain breaks, any open valves in the cylinder head will impact any pistons as they continue to travel in the cylinders. At minimum, this will bend the valve stems and require A LOT of cylinder head work. At worst, the pistons will be damaged as well, and that means you're buying an engine. In the long run, religious adherence to scheduled timing belt maintenance will save you a ton of money and stress.

1 of 1 people found this helpful.

Your Answer

Add photo

Related Questions

Search Volkswagen Passat Questions

Volkswagen Passat Experts

#1 tenspeed
tenspeed
Reputation 1,300
#2 Tom Demyan
Tom Demyan
Reputation 1,220
#3 Chrisand Edwards
Chrisand Edwards
Reputation 1,130
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Volkswagen Jetta
560 Great Deals out of 43,939 listings starting at $800
Used Honda Accord
1,031 Great Deals out of 67,107 listings starting at $1,000
Used Toyota Camry
1,198 Great Deals out of 83,219 listings starting at $750
Used Audi A4
304 Great Deals out of 10,500 listings starting at $1,000
Used BMW 3 Series
1,005 Great Deals out of 31,317 listings starting at $1,000
Used Nissan Altima
1,265 Great Deals out of 74,639 listings starting at $1,000
Used Honda Civic
822 Great Deals out of 83,796 listings starting at $750
Used Hyundai Sonata
1,065 Great Deals out of 47,468 listings starting at $1,195
Used Volkswagen Touareg
56 Great Deals out of 2,615 listings starting at $2,325
Used Volkswagen GTI
93 Great Deals out of 8,293 listings starting at $1,995
Used Nissan Maxima
331 Great Deals out of 24,189 listings starting at $1,999
Used Volkswagen Golf
71 Great Deals out of 4,830 listings starting at $1,950
Used Audi A6
127 Great Deals out of 6,096 listings starting at $2,488

Used Cars For Sale

2017 Volkswagen Passat For Sale
16 Great Deals out of 14,508 listings starting at $14,477
2016 Volkswagen Passat For Sale
88 Great Deals out of 1,930 listings starting at $10,995
2015 Volkswagen Passat For Sale
98 Great Deals out of 2,665 listings starting at $7,900
2014 Volkswagen Passat For Sale
33 Great Deals out of 1,447 listings starting at $7,995
2013 Volkswagen Passat For Sale
49 Great Deals out of 1,224 listings starting at $5,999

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.