I agree. the lady on the phone didnt have any info to hand and seemed to have just plucked "a few hundred extra quid" out of no where. After i researched online they are about £30.To put it politely, that's absolute bollocks.
If it's an original water pump it's a no brainer to do, think the part is only around the £30 mark.
That's the downside of these cars... relatively cheap to run and maintain... until cambelt change time comes around!Thanks for the link. it looks like a cambelt, dephaser and water pump is going to set me back around £700. i wasnt really excpecting it to be that pricey.