Best Place for a cam belt?

Hi there
Just recently bought a 2001 A6 , 2.5v6 TDI
Have been advised that it will need a cam belt done around the 79,000 mile mark
The local Audi dealership say the job will cost me 400 as there are 2 other
belts that need to be changed as well as the cam belt
Does anybody know where I can get this done cheaper around the midlands as the Audi price tag seems a little steep for a rubber belt job ???. I would like it done by a reputable garage as I want a receipt in case the new belt snaps then i have some come back
thanks
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400 seems reasonable if they are replacing belts & tensioners etc - there is also a lot of labour involved - they have to take half the front of the car apart to get in there....
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Even more reasonable if they are replacing the water pump - which they may as well do once they've carved their way down to that cam belt...
/daytripper '00 s4 6spd, got lucky, first belt change was on Audi USA :-)
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I didnt realise the job would be that involved and complex
why does the water pump need doing or is it a case of it will fail soon ??
cheers
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They do it a lot in the States where they seem to see quite a few failures. Its not such a big issue in Europe & generally isn't done. The point of doing it is that its a good preventative measure & can be accessed while they are doing the TB work. If it fails its a case of taking half the front of the car apart again to get to it. If you get it done its worth replacing the Thermostat as well. Replacing the water pump also means you get your coolant replaced which should be done every couple of years anyway.
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Much of the labor for doing the water pump is the same as for doing the cam belt and is many times the cost of the water pump itself. Now your water pump may be fine at 79,000 miles but it is HIGHLY unlikely that it will last until the next time you do the cam belt at 160,000 miles. More likely it will fail by 100,000 miles at which time you'll wind up paying for all that labor again. BTW, you might as well change the thermostat too.
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I have used these guys, its a specialist VAG shop.
The Lion Garage Unit C1 Plot 7, Sketchley Meadows Ind Est, Burbage, Hinckley, Leicestershire LE10 3EN Tel: 01455 233770
Rgds Alec
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I got the timing belt, tensioner,water pump,idler roller, thermostat,accessory belt,coolant change on an A4 2.8 whcih means dismantling the front of the car. Took the independent 4 hours in total. Cost was 365ukp inc VAT and they used all Audi parts which cost 250 alone.
Richard
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thanks for all the advice
I'll get the water pump and thermostat done at the same time then its all finished with.
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