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1999 Celica Recommended Maintenance

My son has a '99 Celica convertible. He is being recommended to change the timing belt now (around 100K miles). The car is running fine. Does he need to spend the $800 or are they trying to take him for a ride?
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  • lilcajunlady May 13, 2009

    I just bought a 1999 Celica with 60,600 miles .. is it recommended to have the timing belt changed at this mileage?

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They are not taking him for a ride. 2000 model year and back timing belt replacement intervals are recommended every 60,000 miles. 2001 & up is reocmmended every 90,000 miles.
Yes, the car will be running good, but, the timing belt does get weak over time, and can break or "jump time" (jump a tooth or 2), at any given moment, with NO warning.
Yes, do get the belt changed.
BUT: 800.00 is a lot of money. TOO much money, IMHO.
The flat rate on that engine is 4.0 hrs. At my labour rate here, That equates to $280.00 plus a $50.00 belt. I get roughly $350/Celica belt replaced total; w/o a water pump upsell.
$800.00? Exhorbitant. Looks like the shop is charging you $185.00/hr. Find another shop.
That price is not robbery, it is rape.

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  • Toyota Ed Oct 16, 2008

    Thank YOU for the FIxYa. Much appreciated. Please take a moment to e-mail lauren@fixya.com regarding this solution. She is the community manager here, and positive feedback like this is nice to come across her desk. Thanks again, glad to be of assistance. Please get back to me on the final price for the repair, I'd be interested how much LESS than 800 it ends up being. Have a great day!

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