Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - - MOTORING -

I am the owner of a Volk­swa­gen Pas­sat, model year 2012, and the ser­vice book that came with it rec­om­mends chang­ing the camshaft belt at 210,000km. The Volk­swa­gen ser­vice man­agers tell me this is un­suit­able for Aus­tralian con­di­tions but I be­lieve a ther­mo­stat­i­cally-con­trolled en­gine at 90 de­grees is the same the world over. I do not think a mod­ern cam belt is only good for 106,000km. Bill Hol­sten, email

Volk­swa­gen spokesman, Paul Pot­tinger, replies: “The owner’s man­ual may state that the tim­ing belt can be re­placed at 210,000 kilo­me­tres, but the owner’s man­u­als are made in­ter­na­tion­ally and not all fea­tures in the owner’s man­ual are suit­able for the Aus­tralian mar­ket. The tim­ing belt is one of those items. For Aus­tralian con­di­tions Volk­swa­gen Group Aus­tralia rec­om­mends that the tim­ing belt is re­placed at seven years or 105,000km — which­ever oc­curs first”.

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