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I am seeing a 81 VW Rabbit for sale and the seller says 3 cylinder, but it must be a 4 cylinder.
Lower miles at 120,000 so what can go wrong? Timing belt is good for how many miles?
 

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Timing belt, 70,000 miles on the older vehicles...

There are 3-Cyl engines, the EA111 (1.4 R3) diesels had 3 and 4 cylinder,
but it's not listed for use in the Rabbit Pickup.

There was a 1.2 R3 Gas motor, also not listed for use in the Rabbit Pickup...

They, probably, didn't PROOF their ad...
 

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That's my guess also, and I know the TDI was 60K on the OEM belt but gee whiz the one I had, the owners waited until 217K to replace, and of course it was bad news for the engine like $3500 worth when it failed on the road. So I can guess the Rabbit engine has more or less the same interval and this pickup has 120,000 or so, not something I want to drive home.
Anyway an email is sent and we can see what happens.


Thanks for the info, I looked for the spec's here and could not find.
 

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I put 243,500+ miles on my former '13 TDI, no power-train work, just
the scheduled maintenance... Yes, original timing AND serpentine belt...

The timing belts usually don't fail on their own, it's usually caused by
contamination; oil, coolant; or the water pump, or a pulley fails and
rips it up...

A friend of mine, had 315,000+ miles on his '12 TDI before he changed
the belt. The dealer told him it's just a money maker for them, and
said, the belts usually fail due to some other circumstance.
 

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Really? When I had my 01, I spent two years over on the TDI Club website and the stories of belt failures at 120,000-200,000 miles or so were pretty common. Those guys are fanatical about their maintenance.
 

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I replaced mine at about 80K. Then at about 40K later the belt broke 3 teeth and the engine.
After that I replaced it @ 65K on the new engine after that.
 

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VW revised the timing belt change interval to 120,000 miles later
on, not sure exactly when, but that was the schedule for the CJAA
motor.
 

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I replaced mine at about 80K. Then at about 40K later the belt broke 3 teeth and the engine.
After that I replaced it @ 65K on the new engine after that.

I asked the couple I purchased my TDI New Beetle from why did you wait? They were not sure when it was done last? YET they took it on a regular basis to a dealer... again 2 hour drive to get serviced from time to time. So when I purchased it had 30k on the VW replacement belt and I discovered that by removing a cover or two and using a mirror and flashlight I could Insp the belt, most of it anyway. But I did so much to that car, I loved it and when it came time to sell I discovered money and love can't get you your money back!


I figure I lost at the least $2000 on that TDI, maybe more its been awhile.
 

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... I loved it and when it came time to sell I discovered money and love can't get you your money back!


I figure I lost at the least $2000 on that TDI, maybe more its been awhile.
I made money on my 81, I owned it for 300K and 20 years.
I have 2 Cabriolets, and I don't want to even think how much I have spent....
 
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