Dear Car talk:
My Daughter has a 2014 Volkswagen Jetta. It makes a noise and the best way to describe is just a low throaty sound (not real loud). She’s taken it to a garage who said its probably a timing Belt and only the Volkswagen dealer can replace it. Then the Volkswagen dealer told they would replace it for $2000 but there was only a 50% chance it would fix it and she might need a new engine. I’m trying to talk her into taking it to my mechanic who is very good and very reasonable priced. She wants to just drive it (it runs fine) until it truly breaks.
My question is does it sound like a timing belt and is it true only the dealer can replace it. Plus is there a good chance she will be broke down by the road someday and need to be towed.