I've got my parts and am just waiting for a few days off in a row to tackle this. I would say a Bentley manual would be essential... ECS's timing kit that includes everything you need except G12 coolant and motor mount stretch bolts is like $155 for the 2.0L. And a Bentley is $50. So, get some price quotes, subtract the $250 or so it will cost you out of pocket and decide if the difference is or is not what your time is worth.accmeint said:I have over 96k miles on my 2.0 liter gas new beetle. I need to replace the timing belt but I am squeemish about taking on that job. Is this a job best left to the dealer? If I do it myself is the factory manual an absolute must?
I agree with KC Foxie. You sound unsure of your ability to complete the task so I would take it to a qualified professional if I were you. They have the tools and the experience.kcfoxie said:I'd check a reputable VW mechanic in the area as well as the dealer.
The reason I mention tools is having a good assortment of sockets (deep well, regular, 12 pt, 6pt) plus different extensions, wrenches etc can really help since it seems nothing is ever designed to be worked on - it's designed to be assembled quickly by machines or unskilled labor with no thought put into taking it all apart later.noR said:Yep, I have to agree w/ya porkchop. Time is probably the biggest. Keep in mind, "you might break something and have to replace it" ... Which means ordering parts and waiting for their arrival. That's a biggie. The tools necessary aren't anything special, but you'll still probably need a good assortment of regular tools. There's just no 'special vw tool 1553241-4 required'.