2009 VW Tiguan Timing chain repair

Asked by Oct 18, 2019 at 02:41 AM about the 2009 Volkswagen Tiguan SE AWD 4Motion

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Hello all. So my wife owns a 2009 VW Tiguan, and recently
acted up.  I hooked up an Obd2 sensor to it and it told me
3 misfires and camshaft sensor.  So naturally I attacked
those and replaced all 4 spark plugs, 4 coil packs and the
sensor.  Then it wouldn't start still.  Buddy of mine
suggested timing chain.  So we get it towed to Midas and
they told my wife over the phone it was not only the timing
chain and tensioner that needed replaced, but 200$ to
even look at it to see what was wrong.  So they want her to
pay 200$ for a job I know took 15 minutes.  Then the full
repair bill comes to 2200$. How fishy is that? I'm going to
fight it tomorrow and tell them we're taking the car to an
actual VW dealership.  I read the dealership's fix it for
around 900$, which is much better.  Any advice on this
whole situation? Hopefully I can talk them down to under
100$ for "looking" at her engine.

1 Answer


First, you took a car with mechanical problems to essentially a muffler shop. You paid the $200 to diagnose, then you paid over $2,000 to repair. You see now that you should have taken the car to a VW dealer or to a proper VW independent mechanic. In my opinion, $200 to properly diagnose is high, but not that bad. To replace timing chain & tensioner on that car, maybe $2.200 is a bit high, but not outrageous. And you paid the bill. Let this go and consider it a lesson well learned.

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