Originally Posted by Mambo Dave
VW over five or six years old? No thank you.
They just aren't made of quality components, and soon enough - even without the miles on them - things will start going wrong (like wire insulation flaking off, etc.).
Thank you for perpetuating the myth that VW's suck (OK, their slushbox transmissions actually DO suck
), thusly keeping the price low on older models for those of us who know how to keep them in perfect running order.
Older Mercedes Benz models aren't made of quality components either.
To the OP: <$800 isn't bad for changing the belt and related components. You shouldn't need to do that again for another 100K miles.