I have a preowned 2007 Volkswagen Passat w/ 54,000 miles. The tension belt needs to be replaced and the VW shop asked me if I would like to have the timing belt and water pump replaced while they are in there. It’s recommend by VW, I believe, to have this done at 80,000 miles.
As they are replacing the tension belt anyway, it would cost me $571 for the additional work rather than, they tell me, $1,260 at 80,000 miles.
First of all, do I correctly understand that the tension and timing belt are two different things?
Second, do you recommend that I pay the $571 now or wait two and a half years and pay $1,260 if I still have the car?
If it’s pertinent, my warranty goes to 74,000 miles.
Thanks for any guidance you have.