hi – I am a brand-new member and looking for some advice. My wife has a 2003 turbo beetle and this morning on her way to work the timing belt apparently broke. According to my local VW dealer they feel that the best course of action is to install a new belt with all of the appropriate pulleys and related items at a cost of around $1400 and they can determine if there was any damage to the valves or pistons. Of course the repair for that should it be necessary could be well over $5000. My question to the group is does it make sense to have to spend $1400 to put on A new belt and all the related parts before they can tell me whether or not there's any damage? I would've assumed that a VW dealer would have some type of a viewing device or something that they could use look down into the cylinder to see if there were any bent valves hanging down. Bottom line – is this the normal protocol? it just seems A crazy amount of money to spend just to be in a position to find out that I need to spend another $5000. At the same time if it is pretty much assured that there would be valve or piston damage wouldnt it then make sense just to go ahead and skip the timing belt repair and fix the damage and very simply put on the new belt when the engine is reassembled? By the way – the car has about 95,000 miles and is in good shape otherwise.