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Dealership advised need a timing belt

They advised it will cost $1,500. f the belts kits are $100 or so and the water pump is also $100 r so. The labor is 203 hours...why is it $1,500? am I missing something in the labor or parts that also needs t be added?

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  • bobbac Feb 13, 2009

    Thanks for a quick response! What should a reputable service center charge me (generally)?

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No your not missing anything,You are just getting the dealers prices.Take it to a reputable shop and make sure the mechanics are certified.You should never need to go to a dealer except to buy a car.

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    Randy Hough Feb 13, 2009

    About 1/2 of what you were quoted for the belt,water pump and labor



    Even if they use the slowest mechanic they have that only work 1 day a week,it won't take 203 hrs.



    I would say at a busy shop,it would maybe take 20 hrs tops



    A good shop can do it in 10 but it's better if they don't



    They were quoting you 20 hrs @ $65 an hour = $1300 + $200 for parts(just don't know where they came up with 203hrs)



    Just ask what the hourly rate for labor is before anything else.





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