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#18 of 30 Re: forrester timing belt [novice71]
Feb 08, 2011 (11:23 am)
The amount of extra work if the water pump and pulleys are replaced amounts to maybe another 30 minutes of time. When I purchased a full pulley and timing belt kit in 2005, it was about $400 versus $100 for the belt itself. A water pump is also about $100, so the numbers quoted by the dealer sound about right. I did not replace my pulleys or water pump when I first replaced the belt (or when I second replaced it!). The pulleys started making noise at around 150,000 miles, but lasted fine until I replaced the belt again at 192,000 miles and did the pulleys at the same time. The water pump, which was also original, failed at 177,000 miles. It happened at about 0200 on a Sunday morning with an ambient temperature of -20F (basically, I recommend preventative replacement versus waiting until it fails!).
The second mechanic doesn't sound like a reliable source. I'd say maybe three hours to replace the belt is all the time needed, even for a weekend mechanic like me.
#19 of 30 Re: forrester timing belt [xwesx]
Feb 08, 2011 (12:41 pm)
I spent over a grand to do all that stuff on my Miata, though to be fair it had a valve cover gasket that also needed replacement. Doesn't seem too bad to me.
#20 of 30 Re: forrester timing belt [ateixeira]
Feb 09, 2011 (6:54 pm)
We charge $800 for the timing belt, tensioner, idlers, and water pump and t-stat. If you get a 90k or 120k service with it we charge 700.
The belt rarely EVER goes. It's usually the tensioner or the idlers that seize up on you either way a failure is detrimental to the engine.
Don't skimp on the timing belt or any associated part.
Subaru Guru and Track Instructor
May 12, 2011 (5:13 pm)
I bought a Subaru Forester Premium last week,The sale man told me from 2011 on ,the forester no longer need to replace the timing belt,because its use timing chain from now on.I bought the car with AWP plus #2 option for $26,755.00 OTD .I bought it at St,Paul MN.I think I paid too much for the car,what do you think ? What price ís about the right price ? Your input is appreciated.
#22 of 30 Re: Timing belt [forester5]
May 12, 2011 (6:05 pm)
Is there a sales tax, documentation fees, dealer fees? It is tough to know without those details.
#23 of 30 Re: Timing belt [xwesx]
May 13, 2011 (9:36 am)
The $26,755.00 is OTD (Out The Door)price.That means all taxes,fees, license plate options(AWP)All Weather Package,Home-Link aut-dim mirror,rear bumper coverage,all weather floor mats..etc are included .
#24 of 30 Re: Timing belt [forester5]
May 13, 2011 (10:02 am)
I'm sorry, what I meant to say is that without knowing the amount of those extras, it is impossible to say whether the price of the car itself resulted in a "good deal."
For example, I don't pay state taxes, so my OTD price on my last purchase was strictly the price of the car plus the documentation (DMV) fee of $130. An OTD price of $26,755 on that car for me would be a poor deal indeed. If you're paying a couple grand in taxes, though, it would be a substantially better deal.
#25 of 30 Re: Timing belt [xwesx]
May 15, 2011 (1:17 pm)
The dealer paid $1619.31 sale tax,$456.00 Filing fee,$75.00 document fee,$120.00 personalize license plate fee, and $411.00 delivery fee. I mean all that tax and fees are included in $26,755.00 .I am not sure about the price because I do not planning to buy a SUBARU,I am research to buy a Honda Fit,or Honda Civic ,the one that can get up to 30MPG on gas,when I am in Edmunds.com to check for price,they told me to file in my informations,they will send to some Edmunds's selected dealers and they will give me a quote.so I did,and they send to 04 or 05 Honda dealers around St.Paul/Minneapolis MN,After one day,none response,I sent out one more time,wait another day or two,and still none response.Then I go back surfing on the web again,I drop by SUBARU,gave them my informations,not just one but 06 of them response to me,I start to talk to them and end up bought one from them
#26 of 30 Re: Timing belt [forester5]
May 15, 2011 (5:27 pm)
The Forester is a *lot* more car than a Civic or Fit.
My mom is on her 2nd Fit, and we like it, don't get me wrong, but we're also on our 2nd Forester and it's twice the car. No comparison.
I'd compare to a CR-V, which my brother owns. His wife owns a Forester, too, so they like both!
#27 of 30 Re: Timing belt [forester5]
May 16, 2011 (9:33 am)
So, it looks like your price for the car itself was $24,074. I would have to look at the Edmunds pricing on it to know for sure, but I would say the car itself was a decent price. The fees that the dealer added: $456 "filing" and $411"delivery" cuts down the deal quite a bit, I think, but I also don't know all the details.
Sales tax and documentation are unavoidable.
In the end, if you're happy with the car, you did well enough!