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Old 07-15-2005, 05:02 PM   #1
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Default Did the Timing Belt and water pump today... what a ripoff!!

I finally bit the bullet and did the timing belt/water pump change on my 01 L300 which has 88k miles on it. Costed me $750 CAD not USD for the original parts and dealer labor. I was surprised by the condition in which the old timing belt was... It was in perfect condition and looked like it was ready to do another 88 k miles. It has kevlar material in it (same used in bullet proof vests) and it was very strong. I have seen the new belt and couldnt for the life of me tell the difference between the used one and the new one.

My advice is dont bother with T-belt change until you have reached 100k miles as long as you do regular oil changes (advisor asked me this question and I said I have been using synthetic oil from day one and have never missed an oil change). I could have used the money to do something else for my car including much needed new tires and stuff... instead of replacing perfectly good parts (tbelt and water pump)
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Default Re: Did the Timing Belt and water pump today... what a ripoff!!

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I could have used the money to do something else for my car including much needed new tires and stuff... instead of replacing perfectly good parts (tbelt and water pump)
This is one of those points where it is probably better to be safe than to be sorry, though.
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Old 07-15-2005, 10:50 PM   #3
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Default Re: Did the Timing Belt and water pump today... what a ripoff!!

excellent job marmaduke.
You Go Dawg!

Great price to, you've saved yourself a headache in the future..

good doggy
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Old 07-15-2005, 11:59 PM   #4
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by saying finally bit the bullet I would think that you're overdue, but edmunds says 100,000 miles for the change interval.
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