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Old June 15th, 2010, 01:00 PM
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Are 200tdi timing belts created equal?

As my polished turd slowly comes back to life I am addressing some preventative maintenance issues. I want to change the timing belt on the 200tdi. I called a well known online vendor and was told a timing belt was around $250 for the 200tdi. He explained to me that it was a very high quality belt vs. the $79.00 belt being sold by the competition "up north". When I look at the belts being sold in the UK I see entire replacement kits being sold for under 40.00 sterling. The belts alone going for under 10.00 sterling. I understand the whole "you get what you pay for" adage but is there really that large seems like a very wide disparity...

http://cgi.ebay.com.au/ws/eBayISAPI....=STRK:MEWAX:IT

http://www.johncraddockltd.co.uk/pro...i_dayco_oe.php
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I don't know about 200tdis specifically, but Dayco makes a ton of belts and is an OEM for land rover.
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I don't know about 200tdis specifically, but Dayco makes a ton of belts and is an OEM for land rover.
A Dayco kit is what's in my 200Tdi.
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dayco....here's the kit I used http://www.paddockspares.com/pp/DEFE...%5F200TDI.html

less than $35.00 even with shipping its a better deal. Another thing to consider is how "old" the belts sitting on shelves here might be-like tires they keep hardening with age. Uk purveyors sell a lot more of these and presumably would have newer stock.
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Any specifics for the 300tdi belt? I need to change mine soon (sorry to hijack)
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Thanks guys. I'll order a kit from the UK. This leads me to wonder what the hell makes a $250 belt?!
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Old June 15th, 2010, 03:22 PM
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This leads me to wonder what the hell makes a $250 belt?!
A lot of profit for someone.
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A lot of profit for someone.
probably. Do I need the entire "kit" or is a belt all that's needed, re-using other parts?
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Old June 15th, 2010, 04:16 PM
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Install a new tensioner while you are at it. I installed a Genuine LR belt in my 200, it think it was around $35.
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I would insist on an OEM tensioner, though....
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