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Hello,

I am picking up my new (to me) VW Up 2016 plate next week and would like to know when the cambelt and water pump change is due. The care has only done 23k?

Any advice will be much appreciated, thanks.
 

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Can of worms open. Lol
VW group essentially say it never needs changing.
VW uk say somthing like 5 years.
someone will come along with the actual numbers I’m sure or you can google it as it’s been discussed a lot. Its really down to you. I don’t think I’ll change mine without reason ie a noise or visible wear at which point it may be too late and it snaps but hey it’s a risk. Or not.
 

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BIG can of worms. Germany claim an inspection at 160,000k whilst UK dealers claim it needs changing at around 60,000m / 5yrs . . . . . and the water pump is a grey area, normally changed just because its all in bits, but some chat about it not being strictly required. More help to follow shortly !
 

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The waterpump isn't driven by the cambelt on Up's, its driven by a separate belt on the gearbox side of the engine, so no need to change it unless it is leaking.

Cambelt as others have said is a check at 120k miles as listed by VW Germany, only VW UK advise 5 years. I've seen a few changed here for no reason at all, none have had any damage on them at all, so it's down to personal preference as to whether you get it done or not.
 

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My sons car is a 2012 but only 14k on the clock. As he's going to be taking it from Co. Durham to Bath Uni. I got the belt changed for peace of mind. Whole job - parts and labour - £300. £495 at the Pulman dealership !
 

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Mindful of the extensive discussion on here and the Skoda Citigo forums, just been through the same dilemma with my wife's SEAT Mii. It's 7 years old but has only done 11k miles.

I have the car serviced at our local garage who do all makes but specialise in VW group. They generally follow VW recommendations so what they have for the Up and clones is 60k or 5 years. I've ducked the issue so far but decided to go for it this year on their advice and booked it in for the job.

It's a difficult balance (particularly on cars like ours which are getting older but still low mileage), between possibly spending money unnecessarily and the risk of catastrophic engine damage where the repair cost may exceed the book value of a car which is still generally in excellent condition.
 
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