Question about 1999 Toyota Celica
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?
Appreciate your opinion...
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.
Posted on Oct 16, 2008
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