I recently took my 2001 jetta in for some brake work. Dropped the vehicle off at the dealer with a description of what I wanted done, and got a call within an hour of leaving from the dealership. They told me they took a look at the timing belt, and that it needed to be replaced. I objected over the phone, and explained that I had the timing belt replaced 1.5years/less than 15,000 miles ago. The mechanic, over the phone, said: “that’s strange, its cracked now and needs to be replaced”. I was about to take a big road-trip, and needed the car operational. Reluctantly (and perhaps stupidly), I agreed to have the service done, but wanted to have the old timing belt left in my car so that I could see the “cracking”.
I picked up the vehicle after the service department had closed for the day. Sales rung me up for $2100 total for brakes and the timing belt service. Feeling a little dead inside, I opened the trunk when I got home, and looked at the timing belt. There is absolutely no cracks, pits, grooves, missing, or worn teeth.
I feel like I was taken for “a ride” on this service visit. Was I ripped off? What do I do now?