VW Beetle Timing Belt Replacement Cost for 1.9 TDI ALH Models

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How much does it cost to replace the New VW Beetle timing belt on the 1.9 Liter ALH? How long does it take to change the timing belt on a VW Beetle 1.9 Liter ALH? How much will the parts cost? How much will labor cost? Thinking of buying a VW Beetle 1.9 TDI and wondering about timing belt replacement?

How Long Does It Take?

How long does VW Beetle timing belt replacement take?How long does it take to replace the VW Beetle timing belt on the 1.9 Liter ALH? The average timing belt service labor time for this engine is around 6-8 hours depending on the technician's experience and the amount of timing belt parts being replaced.

How Much Does It Cost?

1.9 TDI VW Beetle Timing Belt Labor CostThe average shop labor rate is $75 - $200 per hour. The lesser amount is often found in smaller cities and the more expensive labor rate seems to align itself with larger cites. Depending on shop rate, technicians experience, and the amount of timing belt parts being replaced it can cost approximately $600 - $1,600. This is just the labor cost (not including parts).

How Much Do The Parts Cost?

It depends. Some choose to source the parts themselves, while others get the parts through their repair shop. Some repair shops prefer to supply the parts themselves. This allows for cost margins and potential profits on the parts. Also, they can control the type of parts used, reducing the potential problem of having customers come back with part issues.

You won't have to worry about this with our INA Gen II BLAU VW Beetle Timing Belt Kits ranging from $200 - $360 and include the same OFFICIAL O.E. parts that are supplied to VAG, just without the genuine logo. This is a huge savings vs retail dealer cost. Have your mechanic call us!


Looking to Buy A Used VW Beetle? Wondering About Timing Belt Replacement?

Many people who are looking to buy a used VW Beetle 1.9 TDI ALH start researching the cost of replacing the timing belt. It's best to purchase a car that comes with service history records from the previous owner. Owners who value their car and took care of it will have a record of all service history, an indication of the vehicle's overall shape and reliability. The importance of service records is indisputable. A seller without any service records, is looking to take advantage of the "inexperienced" buyer, making more money at their expense.

Inspecting a timing belt that "seems fine" isn't enough. You'll also want to confirm when the last timing belt service was performed with the appropriate documentation. Don't just take the word of a seller saying "Oh, I think I changed it around 30,000 miles ago." Assumptions and no documents means RISK. Calculate the cost of timing belt replacement into your purchase price if they don't have the records.VW Beetle Timing Belt Replacement Service Records

Example of Negotiation:
2001 VW Beetle 1.9 TDI ALH - 110,000 Miles - Asking Price: $5,300
Buyer: "When was the timing belt done last."
Seller: "Oh, I just did it. I think it was about 30,000 miles ago."
Buyer: "Do you have the paperwork?"
Seller: "No, I don't."
Buyer: "Well with no documentation, I'll have to get it replaced to establish a guarantee baseline. That will cost me around $300 - $1,200. Are you willing to take $300 - $1,200 off the purchase price?"

 

VW Beetle Timing Belt Replacement Kits

BLAU OFFICIAL O.E.™ INA VW Beetle Timing Belt Kits for 1.9 TDI ALH Engine

Gen II BLAU® VW Beetle Timing Belt Replacement Kits for the 1.9 TDI ALH engine contain a preassembled INA timing belt BASE kit. The timing belt, timing belt tensioner, tensioner idlers, and hardware contained in this BASE kit are the same as those directly supplied to VAG.

  • Base INA VW Beetle Timing Belt Kit 1.9 TDI

    INA Base VW Timing Belt KitBASE

    Preassembled BASE INA Kit:
    • INA Gates Timing Belt (Long Life
      Carbon Aramid Version)
    • INA 80mm OD Timing Belt
      Tensioner Idler w/ Hardware
      (Updated 60mm Bearing)
    • Litens Timing Belt Tensioner
      Idler w/ Hardware
    • INA Timing Belt Tensioner Idlers
      w/ Hardware
    • INA Timing Belt Service Interval
      Sticker

    Buy VW Beetle 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. These kits include the same manufactured brand of timing belt, tensioners, and idlers as supplied to VAG.

    Please Note: When originally released, the factory recommended timing belt interval for ALH TDI VW Beetle with was 40,000 miles for automatic transmissions and 60,000 miles for manual transmissions. However, in 2003 VAG raised the timing belt interval to 100,000 miles. This was done because of improvements made to the timing belt idler bearing (an increased ID from 47mm to a 60mm), and a stronger timing belt (carbon aramid material). This BASE kit contains Official O.E. factory specified improved timing belt and tensioners for the 100,000 mile change interval.
  • Enhanced INA VW Beetle Timing Belt Kit 1.9 TDI

    INA Enhanced VW Timing Belt KitENHANCED

    Preassembled BASE INA Kit:
    • INA Gates Timing Belt (Long Life
      Carbon Aramid Version)
    • INA 80mm OD Timing Belt
      Tensioner Idler w/ Hardware
      (Updated 60mm Bearing)
    • Litens Timing Belt Tensioner
      Idler w/ Hardware
    • INA Timing Belt Tensioner Idlers
      w/ Hardware
    • INA Timing Belt Service Interval
      Sticker

    Other Components:
    • Salari Water Pump w/ Gasket
      O-Ring (Metal Impeller)
    • Thermostat w/ O-Ring
    • Thermostat Housing w/ Hardware
    • Flennor Gates Serpentine Belt
    • Front Crank Seal
    • Camshaft Seal

    also included...

    Blauparts Extras
    • Serpentine Pulley Bolts
      (Lower Crank)
    • Water Pump Bolts
    • EGR O-Ring Seal
    • Vacuum Pump O-Ring Seal
    • Motor Mount to Frame Rail Bolts
    • Motor Mount to Engine Bracket
      Stretch Bolts
    • Injection Pump Pulley Bolts
    • Valve Cover Bolts
    • Wheel Well Fender Skirt Sheet
      Metal Screws
    • Thread Locking Compounds
    • Anti Seize Compound
    • Blauparts Detailed Step-by-Step
      VW Beetle 1.9 TDI Timing Belt
      Instructions - Numerous pages
      and images of detailed step-by-
      step guidelines, including front
      bumper removal.

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  • Enhanced Plus INA VW Beetle Timing Belt Kit 1.9 TDI

    INA Enhanced + VW Timing Belt KitENHANCED +

    Preassembled BASE INA Kit:
    • INA Gates Timing Belt (Long Life
      Carbon Aramid Version)
    • INA 80mm OD Timing Belt
      Tensioner Idler w/ Hardware
      (Updated 60mm Bearing)
    • Litens Timing Belt Tensioner
      Idler w/ Hardware
    • INA Timing Belt Tensioner Idlers
      w/ Hardware
    • INA Timing Belt Service Interval
      Sticker

    Other Components:
    • Salari Water Pump w/ Gasket
      O-Ring (Metal Impeller)
    • Thermostat w/ O-Ring
    • Thermostat Housing w/ Hardware
    • Flennor Gates Serpentine Belt
    • Front Crank Seal
    • Camshaft Seal

    also included...

    Blauparts Extras
    • Serpentine Pulley Bolts
      (Lower Crank)
    • Water Pump Bolts
    • EGR O-Ring Seal
    • Vacuum Pump O-Ring Seal
    • Motor Mount to Frame Rail Bolts
    • Motor Mount to Engine Bracket
      Stretch Bolts
    • Injection Pump Pulley Bolts
    • Valve Cover Bolts
    • Wheel Well Fender Skirt Sheet
      Metal Screws
    • Thread Locking Compounds
    • Anti Seize Compound
    • Blauparts Detailed Step-by-Step
      VW Beetle 1.9 TDI Timing Belt
      Instructions - Numerous pages
      and images of detailed step-by-
      step guidelines, including front
      bumper removal.

    Buy VW Beetle Timing Belt Kit Enhanced +