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Headed into work this morning at 6:30 a.m., going over a hill on the freeway, and all of a sudden there is nothing - no accelration, no revs, no nothing. I managed to coast down the hill to the break down lane. By sheer coincidence, in December I registered for roadside assistance with my insurance co. After waintign 45 minutes in a 28 degree Tennessee morning outside the car (NAshville drivers are not to be trusted), the truck showed up and got her to the dealership.<p>Less than an hour later they called and told me that the tensioner for the timing belt had slipped. I'm looking at [ <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vortexmediagroup.com/images/banghead.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vortexmediagroup.com/images/banghead.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vortexmediagroup.com/images/banghead.gif" BORDER="0"> B]$4000</B><I></I><U></U> to replace the head, and $600 just to conclusively diagnose it. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vortexmediagroup.com/images/banghead.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vortexmediagroup.com/images/banghead.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vortexmediagroup.com/images/banghead.gif" BORDER="0"> Now what?!<p>I'm pretty sure I need to get rid of her. Now is the time when I am pouring good maney after bad. Just this weekend I had decided to do the conservative thing and spend $2500 anually on repair and upkeep instead of $4000 on a car payment. I'm still in shock here, not quite sure what more to say. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/confused.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Broken Timing belt tensioner (pktojd)

that really sucks! How many miles on the car? When was the last belt change? 4k for a head change is rediculous! Buy a used motor from erie volvo and drop it in then sell the car.............. You've had a hell of a time with this car, time to let it go. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/frown.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Broken Timing belt tensioner (gdogg16)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>gdogg16</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">that really sucks! How many miles on the car? When was the last belt change? 4k for a head change is rediculous! Buy a used motor from erie volvo and drop it in then sell the car.............. You've had a hell of a time with this car, time to let it go. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/frown.gif" BORDER="0"> </TD></TR></TABLE><p>Yeah, it does suck. 89k on the car. Belt was changed at 62k. I wish I had the know how to do new engine stuff, or better yet, to part it out and make back most of the $13k I spent on her. Right now she's sitting at the dealer, probably worth only $5k as a trade on a make of car that I'm not that in love with right now.<p>Wanna buy a '98R?! <p>And I sitll don't know what route to go for replacement. I cry at the thought of buying brand new depreciation, so hopefully I can work something CPO. BUt there are not a lot of decent choices out there right now for wagons. I generlly don't trust the safety engineering of Japanese cars, loathe the vanilla-ness of Toyotas and Hondas, so that leaves Euro models - not cheap.
 

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Re: Broken Timing belt tensioner (pktojd)

I was looking at used '98 turbo motors on e-bay and there is a vast price spread -- like between $700 and $1800, so shop around. I also think you can swap in the entire subframe unit with engine, transmission and halfshafts in one piece .<p>There is alot to be said for vanilla-ness, although I will admit that driving an 8-year old Eurocar does bring just a little measure of excitement to my life since I never really know if I'll each my destination every time I turn the key. Since I'm now telecommuting, and I hardly need a car, never mind three, I'm in the process of swapping out all my electronic gizmos from my '04 Acura to my '98 Volvo and you're making me think maybe I'm swapping them in the wrong direction. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/rolleyes.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Dude that is horrible, that is about how many miles are on my car now, and I am doing my timing belt now for the first time, I guess I will definitely replace the tensioner in. I agree with Greg, if you are having bad luck, let her go...
 

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Re: Broken Timing belt tensioner (pktojd)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>pktojd</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>. Right now she's sitting at the dealer, <B>probably worth only $5k as a trade</B> on a make of car that I'm not that in love with right now.<p>.</TD></TR></TABLE><br>I don't think so, less, much less<br>Dealers don't want to bother installing engines
 

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Re: Broken Timing belt tensioner (JRL)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>JRL</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><br>I don't think so, less, much less<br>Dealers don't want to bother installing engines</TD></TR></TABLE><p>They offered me an '06 V70R for $36525, with my car as is, which is about $5500 below invoice. I think it's pretty good since I probably would not have gotten much more than $7k before the tensioner went.<p>In any case, I'm getting a couple of competing offers on repair (including engine replacement) from an indie mechanic. At the end of the day, we'll get the cheapest, good repair, and sell it quickly. I think we may be able to get $11-12, close to original purchase price. Then I'll buy a bus pass and we'll just wait a while and see what looks like a good idea.<p>Last night, and this morning, my family is healthy, our house is heated and paid for, and there's good food in the fridge, so this is really just an annoyance in the midst of what is otherwise a really good situation. I can live with that. Thanks for all the input and good wishes.
 
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