Class Action lawsuit against VW - timing belts breaking

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Jun 29, 2009
 

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I'm new to this forum, but wanted input from anyone/everyone on the timing belts. My wife's 2003 Jetta 1.8T and her friend at work and one of my friends at work have all experienced timing belt breaks...and subsequent severe engine damage. VW corporate has refused to help because it's out of the 60K warranty. The service guide says to replace them at 105K.

I'd like to know if anyone else had issues with these belts on cars that had between 60-105K. If so, please let me know. I've contacted a lawyer and am planning a class action lawsuit against VW - because this should not happen. When the belt breaks, it trashes the engine. Timing belts should never break, much less at 100K miles or earlier.

Please let me know so we can get this fixed and wake the folks at VW up. I for one will never purchase a VW and am going to tell everyone I know to stay away from these junk cars!!!!!

I have quite a few folks already in this and would like more.

Chris Ingle
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Jul 1, 2009
 
I have a 2004 VWBeetle with a turbo. No indication of problems, a month ago I left for work, pulled up the stop sign and it stopped-that was it. The timing belt broke and the whole engine is junk. Yes, I would join a class action law suit.
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Jul 5, 2009
 
wtknght1 wrote:
I'm new to this forum, but wanted input from anyone/everyone on the timing belts. My wife's 2003 Jetta 1.8T and her friend at work and one of my friends at work have all experienced timing belt breaks...and subsequent severe engine damage. VW corporate has refused to help because it's out of the 60K warranty. The service guide says to replace them at 105K.
I'd like to know if anyone else had issues with these belts on cars that had between 60-105K. If so, please let me know. I've contacted a lawyer and am planning a class action lawsuit against VW - because this should not happen. When the belt breaks, it trashes the engine. Timing belts should never break, much less at 100K miles or earlier.
Please let me know so we can get this fixed and wake the folks at VW up. I for one will never purchase a VW and am going to tell everyone I know to stay away from these junk cars!!!!!
I have quite a few folks already in this and would like more.
Chris Ingle
wtknght1aol.com
Hey Chris,
I also own a 2003 Jetta Wolfberg in which my timing broke just recently broke. I am speaking to y dealership tomorrow. It does say the manual at 105,000 to replace the timing belt. From what I understand, they know there is a problem with the timing belt breaking prematurely.

A class action suite was settled in 2008 in Californian with the VK Passat whom has the same engine. I will be speaking with my dealership tomorrow, to see what they have to say.

Google it, to learn more.

Today with everything going on with GM, Ford it would seem Volkswagen would be concerned what the public think about them. Right now I think Americans are tired of being screwed by corporate America and big organizations. Depending upon what they say, I am determined to see this through. I will call the local media, newspaper and tell my story. I am also interested in a class action suit. I plan to begin blogging, which I have no doubt there will be many interested parties to follow with the same experiences.

My warrant just expired 3,000 miles ago, i had coverage until 75,000 miles
Keep me abreast, Chris...
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Nov 11, 2009
 
The same thing just happened to my girlfriends VW 2003 GTI 1.8T in which the timing belt completely destroyed her entire motor. I am currently in the process of researching information on this so if the lawsuit did go through please let me know. Also I have already contacted the law firm that was involved in the original law suit in 2008, and hopefully I can get some more information about where to go from here. Here is my email if you have any information regarding this matter.

toastycoastie@msn.com
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Dec 15, 2009
 
Any updates of any class action suits against VW for the timing belts on these vehicles?
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Dec 23, 2009
 

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Volkswagens have always had that problems with their timing belts, since the 1980's. Every VW I have owned had a belt problem, except my 2008 Rabbit, which has a timing chain, as does the VR6. But this is my fourth VW, and I can say that, if you take care of them, they will run for a very long time. But, I always tell people to replace the belt around 60k to 80k, at the latest.
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Dec 30, 2009
 
I had a 2002 Passat with the 1.8 T. Changed the belt at 90,000 miles, and then again at 190,000 miles. Both times the belt looked almost new. Barely visible fraying (only at the edges), no chunks missing, surface was still soft.
Got good money for the car at 200,000 miles.

Granted, this was a highway car, but no problems. Always change the water pump and the two rollers at belt change time. Many failures are because the water pump fails (leaks) and this causes the belt to slip. You can re-use the hydraulic tensioner if it isn't obviously leaking.
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Dec 30, 2009
 
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Dec 30, 2009
 
I work on all types of VW's and own a VW Jetta. I have 300,000 miles on my own Jetta. I have only had to replace my timing belt twice. I have never had any other problems with this car. You have to buy original timing belt kits.
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Dec 31, 2009
 
I have an '02 Jetta wagon VR6. At 115K the tranny went... while the original clutch was fine. This tells me know how to drive a stick. I had it replaced with a salvaged one -$3K to buy and install.
Now at 126K the timing chain has gone and the engine is just as useless. Between these two issues the car has been rendered worthless.
Meanwhile, my 20 y/o Miata runs like a champ and has a non-interference engine to boot, which means if the timing belt goes the engine is fine.
I was suckered by styling and now left with a beautiful interior and still like new leather seats inside of a worthless shell.
Called VW - they don't care. Don't be fooled, these cars are designed to die. I really wanted to like this car. I was even proud to ownit To e point in time but when the two largest mechanical components die before 150K they will never see my business again.
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Jan 5, 2010
 
scarlson wrote:
I have a 2004 VWBeetle with a turbo. No indication of problems, a month ago I left for work, pulled up the stop sign and it stopped-that was it. The timing belt broke and the whole engine is junk. Yes, I would join a class action law suit.
I had the exact experience with the exact same vehicle last night. Was your car's warranty expired? Our's is 5 year/60,000 mi. Our car has 71,500.
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Mar 23, 2010
 
I just wanted to add something to this subject. I was under the impression that timing chains aren't really supposed to break. In my case I have a vw jetta vr6, and my first motor threw a rod and broke the oil pan. The second motor's timing chain broke and bent all the valves and usually this is fatal to the entire block and head of the engine.
wtknght1 wrote:
I'm new to this forum, but wanted input from anyone/everyone on the timing belts. My wife's 2003 Jetta 1.8T and her friend at work and one of my friends at work have all experienced timing belt breaks...and subsequent severe engine damage. VW corporate has refused to help because it's out of the 60K warranty. The service guide says to replace them at 105K.
I'd like to know if anyone else had issues with these belts on cars that had between 60-105K. If so, please let me know. I've contacted a lawyer and am planning a class action lawsuit against VW - because this should not happen. When the belt breaks, it trashes the engine. Timing belts should never break, much less at 100K miles or earlier.
Please let me know so we can get this fixed and wake the folks at VW up. I for one will never purchase a VW and am going to tell everyone I know to stay away from these junk cars!!!!!
I have quite a few folks already in this and would like more.
Chris Ingle
wtknght1aol.com
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Jun 18, 2010
 
Our VW jetta 1.8T just lost it's timing belt. My son was recommended to change it before he went on a trip (tune of $1000.00). He said he would do it as soon as he got back since he didn't have time to leave it over a weekend. They never told him about if the timing belt goes so does the engine. So of course while driving it broke, towed to Shell Gas Station. Owner said he can fix it, charged 500.00 then told us he couldn't fix it it would have to go to dealership. New engine cost 5,000. My son decided to have it fix, now driving home after not having the car for two weeks, sounds like the transmission is going. Car has only 90,000 miles and I owned the car up to 1 1/2 years ago. I have complained to numerous dealerships around the country about this car. I would gladly join a class action suit. Who can afford these repairs???
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Jun 21, 2010
 
My 2005 Jetta's timing chain stretched and made my engine miss time which caused an incredible amount of damage. VW does not have any scheduled maintenance for the timing chain. I am going to file suit against VW. VW did nothing to help me. I have already written a demand letter to VW and have not received a response. My mechanic believes there is a design flaw with the engine. My suggestion is to hire an attorney.
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Jun 25, 2010
 
2003 VW Spotless, going up small hill engine stopped, timing belt went out. Don't know how much damage yet. The cost to up keep timing belts every 60000 miles $800.00 ea.!!!
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Jun 28, 2010
 
yes I will join the lawsuit my 2008 tourege timing chain broke at 70,000 miles.
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Jul 24, 2010
 
Hi All
2003 gti 1.8t 67000 kilometres only and my timming belt broke... i want to join this lawsuit grrr piece of junk
please email me at gildc75@live.ca
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Aug 1, 2010
 
i have a 2003 jetta 1.8 T and my timing belt was replaced at 65K and again at 100k along with so many other things and now my turbo is going. crazy car..
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#19
Sep 17, 2010
 
volks wagon can e.a.d. ill never buy another. plastic water pump impellar, and timing belt breaks at 99,000mi. I was quoted 3600 by vw dealership 1200 just to remove my head and see if valves were bent TRunk latch busted, glove box busted seat adjustment busted, F vw they suck
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San Jose, CA

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Dec 1, 2010
 
My timing belt broke in heavy traffic and I had it towed to a mechanic he quoted over $2000 to get it fixed. I can't afford those repairs, and I have never owned a car with so many problems.

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