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Hi all new to forum so please stick with me. First off i know very little about engines so im afraid i will be vague at best.
Basically my van broke down and would not start so AA came out and the mechanic said the timing belt was off and that it would have more than likely damaged my engine. Now my dilemma is that the van is getting on in age, it has 140000 miles on the clock from it runnung all over the country as an old coca-cola van. However alot of parts have been replaced recently - steering rack exhaust box brake pads and discs etc.... What would u guys reccommend? Im thinking Re-conditioned engine with warranties etc because what else am i going to get for a couple of grand lets face it. Anyway hopefully some1 can give me some advise.

Thanks in advance, Daz

P.s The belt was apparently replaced just over 2 years ago according to the previous owner, and so should the tensioners etc
 

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Hi Tony thanks for your reply, Got them on my to call list for tomorrow. Problem is the 12 month only warranty, was really hoping to get a guaranteed 2-3 years. Had a quote from Reconditioned-engines of £1550 fitted with 5 year warranty which appealed. Problem is they are nowhere near my location. Have you used AW engineering b4?
 

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Hi Tony thanks for your reply, Got them on my to call list for tomorrow. Problem is the 12 month only warranty, was really hoping to get a guaranteed 2-3 years. Had a quote from Reconditioned-engines of £1550 fitted with 5 year warranty which appealed. Problem is they are nowhere near my location. Have you used AW engineering b4?
I haven't used them myself but many on the forum have and they have good reviews. I once visited their workshop and the are real engineers not fly by night wide-boys.
They know their stuff and specialise in VW and you will essentially get a brand new engine. The guarantee is only as good as the paper it's written on mate with a lot of places. They always have a get-out clause and you normally have to get your vehicle serviced either by them or a main dealer for the eternity of the guarantee. With Aw engineering you get an unconditional guarantee no matter what you do to it.
If you pay them a visit (ring first) they will happily let you watch what they do which a lot of companies won't.
I think the 2.5 will cost about £1.5K for a full recon but you may not need it as your engine is only just run in. Some on here have done more than 500,000 miles your bottom end is more than likely fine and you may just need a new head. Aw engineering use brand new head castings.
By the time you've read this you probably think I work for them, I dont. :D I just researched this myself when the same happened to my engine mate and IMO they were by far the best. Luckily I managed to get a good second hand engine but they are like hen's teeth.
 

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Cheers tony, really appreciate your advice. Gonna give them a ring today, just say it has done fairly minimal damage, would you recommend to sort out the problems or just bite the bullet and replace the lot?
 

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Cheers tony, really appreciate your advice. Gonna give them a ring today, just say it has done fairly minimal damage, would you recommend to sort out the problems or just bite the bullet and replace the lot?
I would just let them replace the damage mate, it will save you a fair bit and the engine has mega miles left in the bottom end.
 

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Hi tony, think your right pal. just spoke to awengineering and they have quoted £1,357 which is reasonable. However their recommended fitter said in total i would be looking like spending close to £3000 which i cant warrant spending on this van as the bodywork isnt in top condition either. I have to say that the fitter James who was recommended sounded like a top guy who was really honest and upfront about everything and i would seriously consider using him for any other works.
 

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Hi tony, think your right pal. just spoke to awengineering and they have quoted £1,357 which is reasonable. However their recommended fitter said in total i would be looking like spending close to £3000 which i cant warrant spending on this van as the bodywork isnt in top condition either. I have to say that the fitter James who was recommended sounded like a top guy who was really honest and upfront about everything and i would seriously consider using him for any other works.
That's a shame mate. I would put your van on Ebay if you want the best price for it. you may be pleasantly surprised at what it fetches.
Another way to get good money is to break it yourself if you can. Your engine alone may fetch good money even in it's current state.
 
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