Originally Posted by Scenic2001
Something else worth noting is that its worth getting the water pump checked whilst the cam belt is being replaced. Often the water pump starts leaking around the same time as the cam belt replacement interval and you can save most of the labour cost of getting to the water pump as its in the same area as the cam belt.
I second that. The water pump on our 16v 1.6 Scenic gave up the ghost without warning on the M25 and took out the cambelt with it. End result was a head skim and half of the 16 valves needing replacement on top of everything else.
Total bill: Just over £1300 at an independent.
So, to save grief: Always change both together - the water pump itself isn't that expensive.