VW Passat Timing Belt Replacement Interval for 1.8T 20 Valve Models

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What is the recommended VW Passat timing belt change interval on the 1.8T engine? Has the in factory recommended VW Passat timing belt interval for the 1.8T engines changed? Do we recommend the factory interval, or has our experience moved us to recommend a different change interval?

Factory Recommended Timing Belt Service IntervalVW Passat Timing Belt Change Interval

What is the recommended timing belt change interval for VW Passat 1.8T models? The most recent factory recommend interval is 75,000 miles. Some older scheduled Maintenance Service booklets reference a 105,000 mile timing belt service schedule interval. However, according to the most current manufacturer service schedule information, the interval has been updated to 75,000 miles.

What does Blauparts recommend? When dealing with crucial timing belt service, err on the side of caution and change your VW Passat timing belt every 75,000 miles. It is our recommendation to closely inspect all timing belt components before the recommended interval. Play it safe, changing your timing belt may seem expensive. However, choosing to exceed your timing belt service interval is risky and can lead to unknown repair costs that will far exceed typical timing belt replacement service cost.

Intended Life-Expectancy of Timing Belt Components

Various VW Passat timing belt component life spans. In our own service facility, we've seen a few original timing belts last over 100,000 miles and others ready to break before 75,000 miles. In addition to mileage there are other factors that age the timing belt and related components. The following are some reasons why you see the difference in how long a VW Passat timing belt and related components last: (1) un-logged engine idle times and sitting in traffic; (2) warm-up time in cold weather; (3) environmental climate factors; (4) related engine maintenance that may have been overlooked.

Keys to the long-life of your new timing belt components after timing belt replacement. Make your new parts last! You can expect your new BLAU OFFICIAL O.E.™ components to last the specified 75,000 mile interval if the following important steps were taken:VW Jetta Timing Belt Part Life Expectancy

1) Timing belt service was performed using BLAU OFFICIAL O.E.™ components. The same timing belt and timing belt tensioner that were fitted on your VW Passat from the factory, which are engineered to meet factory interval requirements.

2) Timing belt service was performed by an experienced competent ASE certified VW mechanic who is familiar with your specific engine 1.8T engine.

3) Factory service procedures must be strictly followed. Even if installing the best parts, using improper procedures can shorten their life span. Incorrect installation or missteps during timing belt service are often done without intent and aren't noticed until further down the road. Fortunately, some common mishaps are noticed after re-assembly and during the final engine rotational timing sequences.

1.8T VW Passat Timing Belt Replacement Kits

1998 - 2001 Models with AEB, ATW, or ATB Engine Code

Please Note: 1998-1999 model years had only one timing belt system option. Owners will not need to confirm their engine code or VIN #. 2000-2001 model years have 3 different timing belt system possibilities. Owners will need to confirm their engine code in order to determine the correct timing belt system. How To Determine Your VW Engine Code

Gen II BLAU® VW Passat Timing Belt Replacement Kits for the 1.8T engine contain a preassembled INA timing belt BASE kit. The timing belt, timing belt tensioner, damper, and hardware contained in this BASE kit are the same as those directly supplied to VAG.

  • Base INA VW Passat Timing Belt Kit 1.8T

    INA Base VW Timing Belt KitBASE

    Preassembled BASE INA Kit:
    • INA Gates VW Passat Timing
      Belt
    • NTN VW Passat Timing Belt
      Tensioner w/ Hardware
    • NTN VW Passat Timing Belt
      Hydraulic Tensioning Damper
    • INA VW Passat Timing Belt
      Tensioner Idler w/ Hardware
    • Timing Belt Service Interval
      Sticker

    Buy VW Passat Timing Belt Kit Base

    Preassembled BASE kit comes directly from our partner Schaeffler who has been manufacturing timing belt components under the OFFICIAL O.E. INA brand for decades. The timing belt, timing belt tensioner, damper, and hardware contained in this BASE kit are the same as those directly supplied to VAG.
  • Enhanced INA VW Passat Timing Belt Kit 1.8T

    INA Enhanced VW Timing Belt KitENHANCED

    Preassembled BASE INA Kit:
    • INA Gates VW Passat Timing
      Belt
    • NTN VW Passat Timing Belt
      Tensioner w/ Hardware
    • NTN VW Passat Timing Belt
      Hydraulic Tensioning Damper
    • INA VW Passat Timing Belt
      Tensioner Idler w/ Hardware
    • Timing Belt Service Interval
      Sticker

    Other Components:
    • Saleri Water Pump w/ O-Ring
      Gasket and Water Pump Bolts
    • Thermostat w/ O-Ring
    • Thermostat Housing w/ Hardware
    • Flennor Gates Water Pump
      V-Belt
    • Flennor Gates Power Steering
      Alternator Serpentine Belt
    • Flennor Gates AC Compressor
      Serpentine Belt
    • Front Crank Seal
    • Camshaft Seal
    • Intermediate Shaft Seal

    also included...

    Blauparts Extras
    • Serpentine Belt Pulley Bolts
    • Thread Locking Compounds
    • Anti Seize Compound
    • Blauparts Detailed Step-by-Step
      VW Passat 1.8T Timing Belt
      Instructions - Numerous pages
      and images of detailed step-by-
      step guidelines, including front
      bumper removal.

    Buy VW Passat Timing Belt Kit Enhanced
  • Enhanced Plus INA VW Passat Timing Belt Kit 1.8T

    INA Enhanced + VW Timing Belt KitENHANCED +

    Preassembled BASE INA Kit:
    • INA Gates VW Passat Timing
      Belt
    • NTN VW Passat Timing Belt
      Tensioner w/ Hardware
    • NTN VW Passat Timing Belt
      Hydraulic Tensioning Damper
    • INA VW Passat Timing Belt
      Tensioner Idler w/ Hardware
    • Timing Belt Service Interval
      Sticker

    Other Components:
    • Saleri Water Pump w/ O-Ring
      Gasket and Water Pump Bolts
    • Thermostat w/ O-Ring
    • Thermostat Housing w/ Hardware
    • Flennor Gates Water Pump
      V-Belt
    • Flennor Gates Power Steering
      Alternator Serpentine Belt
    • Flennor Gates AC Compressor
      Serpentine Belt
    • Front Crank Seal
    • Camshaft Seal
    • Intermediate Shaft Seal
    3 Liters German Ravenol G12   Plus Antifreeze (2 - 1.5L Bottles)

    also included...

    Blauparts Extras
    • Serpentine Belt Pulley Bolts
    • Thread Locking Compounds
    • Anti Seize Compound
    • Blauparts Detailed Step-by-Step
      VW Passat 1.8T Timing Belt
      Instructions - Numerous pages
      and images of detailed step-by-
      step guidelines, including front
      bumper removal.

    Buy VW Passat Timing Belt Kit Enhanced +

2000 - 2001 Early VIN and AUG Engine Code

Please Note: 2000-2001 model years have 3 different timing belt system possibilities. Owners will need to confirm their engine code in order to determine the correct timing belt system. How To Determine Your VW Engine Code. 2001 owners will also need to confirm their VIN #. How To Decipher Your VW VIN Number.

Gen II BLAU® VW Passat Timing Belt Replacement Kits for the 1.8T engine contain a preassembled INA timing belt BASE kit. The timing belt, timing belt tensioner, damper, and hardware contained in this BASE kit are the same as those directly supplied to VAG.

  • Base INA VW Passat Timing Belt Kit 1.8T

    INA Base VW Timing Belt KitBASE

    Preassembled BASE INA Kit:
    • INA Gates VW Passat Timing
      Belt
    • NTN VW Passat Timing Belt
      Tensioner w/ Hardware
    • NTN VW Passat Timing Belt
      Hydraulic Tensioning Damper
      w/ Idler
    • Timing Belt Service Interval
      Sticker

    Buy VW Passat Timing Belt Kit Base

    Preassembled BASE kit comes directly from our partner Schaeffler who has been manufacturing timing belt components under the OFFICIAL O.E. INA brand for decades. The timing belt, timing belt tensioner, damper, and hardware contained in this BASE kit are the same as those directly supplied to VAG.
  • Enhanced INA VW Passat Timing Belt Kit 1.8T

    INA Enhanced VW Timing Belt KitENHANCED

    Preassembled BASE INA Kit:
    • INA Gates VW Passat Timing
      Belt
    • NTN VW Passat Timing Belt
      Tensioner w/ Hardware
    • NTN VW Passat Timing Belt
      Hydraulic Tensioning Damper
      w/ Idler
    • Timing Belt Service Interval
      Sticker

    Other Components:
    • Graf Water Pump w/ O-Ring
      Gasket and Water Pump Bolts
    • Thermostat w/ O-Ring
    • Thermostat Housing w/ Hardware
    • Flennor Gates Power Steering
      Alternator Serpentine Belt
    • Flennor Gates AC Compressor
      Serpentine Belt
    • Front Crank Seal
    • Camshaft Seals

    also included...

    Blauparts Extras
    • Serpentine Belt Pulley Bolts
    • Thread Locking Compounds
    • Anti Seize Compound
    • Blauparts Detailed Step-by-Step
      VW Passat 1.8T Timing Belt
      Instructions - Numerous pages
      and images of detailed step-by-
      step guidelines, including front
      bumper removal.

    Buy VW Passat Timing Belt Kit Enhanced
  • Enhanced Plus INA VW Passat Timing Belt Kit 1.8T

    INA Enhanced + VW Timing Belt KitENHANCED +

    Preassembled BASE INA Kit:
    • INA Gates VW Passat Timing
      Belt
    • NTN VW Passat Timing Belt
      Tensioner w/ Hardware
    • NTN VW Passat Timing Belt
      Hydraulic Tensioning Damper
      w/ Idler
    • Timing Belt Service Interval
      Sticker

    Other Components:
    • Graf Water Pump w/ O-Ring
      Gasket and Water Pump Bolts
    • Thermostat w/ O-Ring
    • Thermostat Housing w/ Hardware
    • Flennor Gates Power Steering
      Alternator Serpentine Belt
    • Flennor Gates AC Compressor
      Serpentine Belt
    • Front Crank Seal
    • Camshaft Seals
    3 Liters German Ravenol G12   Plus Antifreeze (2 - 1.5L Bottles)

    also included...

    Blauparts Extras
    • Serpentine Belt Pulley Bolts
    • Thread Locking Compounds
    • Anti Seize Compound
    • Blauparts Detailed Step-by-Step
      VW Passat 1.8T Timing Belt
      Instructions - Numerous pages
      and images of detailed step-by-
      step guidelines, including front
      bumper removal.

    Buy VW Passat Timing Belt Kit Enhanced +

2001 - 2005 Late VIN and AWM Engine Code

Please Note: 2001 model years have 3 different timing belt system possibilities. Owners will need to confirm their engine code in order to determine the correct timing belt system. How To Determine Your VW Engine Code. 2001 owners will also need to confirm their VIN #. How To Decipher Your VW VIN Number. 2002-2005 model years had only one timing belt system option. Owners will not need to confirm their engine code or VIN #.

Gen II BLAU® VW Passat Timing Belt Replacement Kits for the 1.8T engine contain a preassembled INA timing belt BASE kit. The timing belt, timing belt tensioner, damper, and hardware contained in this BASE kit are the same as those directly supplied to VAG.

  • Base INA VW Passat Timing Belt Kit 1.8T

    INA Base VW Timing Belt KitBASE

    Preassembled BASE INA Kit:
    • INA Gates VW Passat Timing
      Belt
    • Lintens VW Passat Timing Belt
      Tensioner
    • Lintens VW Passat Timing Belt
      Tensioner Idler w/ Bracket
    • Timing Belt Service Interval
      Sticker

    Buy VW Passat Timing Belt Kit Base

    Preassembled BASE kit comes directly from our partner Schaeffler who has been manufacturing timing belt components under the OFFICIAL O.E. INA brand for decades. The timing belt, timing belt tensioner, damper, and hardware contained in this BASE kit are the same as those directly supplied to VAG.
  • Enhanced INA VW Passat Timing Belt Kit 1.8T

    INA Enhanced VW Timing Belt KitENHANCED

    Preassembled BASE INA Kit:
    • INA Gates VW Passat Timing
      Belt
    • Lintens VW Passat Timing Belt
      Tensioner
    • Lintens VW Passat Timing Belt
      Tensioner Idler w/ Bracket
    • Timing Belt Service Interval
      Sticker

    Other Components:
    • Graf Water Pump w/ O-Ring
      Gasket and Water Pump Bolts
    • Thermostat w/ O-Ring
    • Thermostat Housing w/ Hardware
    • Flennor Gates Power Steering
      Alternator Serpentine Belt
    • Flennor Gates AC Compressor
      Serpentine Belt
    • Front Crank Seal
    • Camshaft Seal

    also included...

    Blauparts Extras
    • Serpentine Belt Pulley Bolts
    • Thread Locking Compounds
    • Anti Seize Compound
    • Blauparts Detailed Step-by-Step
      VW Passat 1.8T Timing Belt
      Instructions - Numerous pages
      and images of detailed step-by-
      step guidelines, including front
      bumper removal.

    Buy VW Passat Timing Belt Kit Enhanced
  • Enhanced Plus INA VW Passat Timing Belt Kit 1.8T

    INA Enhanced + VW Timing Belt KitENHANCED +

    Preassembled BASE INA Kit:
    • INA Gates VW Passat Timing
      Belt
    • Lintens VW Passat Timing Belt
      Tensioner
    • Lintens VW Passat Timing Belt
      Tensioner Idler w/ Bracket
    • Timing Belt Service Interval
      Sticker

    Other Components:
    • Graf Water Pump w/ O-Ring
      Gasket and Water Pump Bolts
    • Thermostat w/ O-Ring
    • Thermostat Housing w/ Hardware
    • Flennor Gates Power Steering
      Alternator Serpentine Belt
    • Flennor Gates AC Compressor
      Serpentine Belt
    • Front Crank Seal
    • Camshaft Seal
    3 Liters German Ravenol G12   Plus Antifreeze (2 - 1.5L Bottles)

    also included...

    Blauparts Extras
    • Serpentine Belt Pulley Bolts
    • Thread Locking Compounds
    • Anti Seize Compound
    • Blauparts Detailed Step-by-Step
      VW Passat 1.8T Timing Belt
      Instructions - Numerous pages
      and images of detailed step-by-
      step guidelines, including front
      bumper removal.

    Buy VW Passat Timing Belt Kit Enhanced +