VW Up - VW Up alternator belt change - Leif

I need to change the alternator belt on my VW Up. It wasn't done by the dealer at the service as they had no belts in stock. Someone kindly gave me a diagram of the belt arrangement on the Up, and how to change it:

www.upownersclub.co.uk/forum/topic8648_post95978.h...8

Has anyone here done this? I am concerned that getting into the engine bay will be hard as it looks cramped. So although in principle it is easy, it might be tricky in practice.

VW Up - VW Up alternator belt change - elekie&a/c doctor

Why do you need to change it? These have a service life of at least 100k miles under normal conditions.

VW Up - VW Up alternator belt change - Leif

I've done 105K miles, and it is frayed.

VW Up - VW Up alternator belt change - SLO76

I've done 105K miles, and it is frayed.

Must be the highest mileage UP! On the road. How reliable has it been to date? It's not often we see a city car with such a heavy mileage.
VW Up - VW Up alternator belt change - elekie&a/c doctor

Not too difficult to change .You need a long breaker bar and a a good fitting socket,or a long spanner with not too much off-set.

VW Up - VW Up alternator belt change - Leif

Not too difficult to change .You need a long breaker bar and a a good fitting socket,or a long spanner with not too much off-set.

Thanks. I'll fiddle around first, see if I can get my fingers into the compartment and give it a go if I think I can. Otherwise, do Halfords, Kwiq Fit el al do this sort of work? VW want £100 which is steep for a simple job.

VW Up - VW Up alternator belt change - Leif

It has been very reliable. I had the front brake disks changed at about 80,000 miles. It has the original clutch, though that is more to do with driving style. I did have a problem with some Kumho KH27 tyres which were dangerous, and removed after a month.

The only non service work was my fault, I drove over a fallen conifer tree when parking. It was in a nature reserve car park, and the dark trunk blended into the road surface. It did a lot of damage even though I was going slowly, as it just went under the car, but brushed the radiator and broke the radiator support, and damaged the heat shield.

VW Up - VW Up alternator belt change - SLO76
It's good to hear from someone who's really tested one of these wee cars. I like the UP/Citigo/Mii and often recommend them but longterm durability was still a question mark. Looks like they'll prove very robust over time.
VW Up - VW Up alternator belt change - Leif
It's good to hear from someone who's really tested one of these wee cars. I like the UP/Citigo/Mii and often recommend them but longterm durability was still a question mark. Looks like they'll prove very robust over time.

I've only fiddled around under the bonnet, changing a bulb for example, but my impression is that they designed everything from the ground up and in a very nice way. These days I think cars tend to be reliable due to robotic production methods, and the Up is a fairly basic car without sophisticated electrics. Mine has manual window winders for example. The only problem I've had with a small car was an old style Micra, which rusted after 10 years. The Up looks to have very good underbody anti-corrosion paint, and a quite long body work guarantee albeit with the usual caveats.

 

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