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i keep hearing mixed opinions from german shops and even the dealership has given me both answers..i have 01 gti vr6 12v..is this engine a timing belt or timing chain?
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a chain indeed
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Chain, I think you're supposed to replace it at 100k...
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thanks a lot i really appreciate it
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Hello,

My son just bought a 2001 GTI with a 1.8T motor. Is this a timing belt or chain? What about replacement? The car has 150,000 miles. I was not able to get any info from the guy we purchasesd it from if the timing belt/chain had ever been replaced. Thanks Steve
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My son just bought a 2001 GTI with a 1.8T motor. Is this a timing belt or chain? What about replacement? The car has 150,000 miles. I was not able to get any info from the guy we purchasesd it from if the timing belt/chain had ever been replaced. Thanks Steve
Belt.. I believe only VR6 has timing chain. Change it now before disaster.
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My son just bought a 2001 GTI with a 1.8T motor. Is this a timing belt or chain? What about replacement? The car has 150,000 miles. I was not able to get any info from the guy we purchasesd it from if the timing belt/chain had ever been replaced. Thanks Steve
It's a belt. Change it because they say to do it around 75-80k miles. So if it has been done already, it's nearing the number two for when it should be done.
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ok.

2.0l (2 slow) timing belt
1.8t timing belt
vr6 12v or 24v timing chain

2.0l 80-90k change
1.8t 60-75k change
vr6 100k change

also do water pumper & thermostat as well. and engine coolant sensor. make sure you get the water pump with the metal impeller and not the plastic impeller. (plastic is oem and has been known to break and cause over heating issues)
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Thanks for all the info. I have changed a timing belt in a VW Fox before. Is the GTI much different?
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Much different. The 1.8t is an interference engine. On the old 8 valves a timing belt change is just a fast as replacing a light bulb.
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Thanks for all the info. I have changed a timing belt in a VW Fox before. Is the GTI much different?
this ought to help you

VWVortex.com - Ultimate Timing Belt DIY!
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This site is great!! You are all soooo much help. Thanks for the DIY information Douglas.
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Hay Doug,

Where can I find more DIY topics? My son just bought his first car (2001 VW GTI with 150,000miles). I'd like to be able to find myself instead of bothering the group.

Thanks Steve
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Hay Doug,

Where can I find more DIY topics? My son just bought his first car (2001 VW GTI with 150,000miles). I'd like to be able to find myself instead of bothering the group.

Thanks Steve
The site in my signature will have some soon.

For now, google it. Ie '1.8T timing belt DIY'

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