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2004 Toyota Corolla

You just replied to my question about the 2004 Toyota Corolla with 197k and no new timing belt which I found was changed to the timing chain in 2003. If I were to replace the chain as soon as I got it, what is the rough estimate of that. I was seeing prices of 66 dollars which seems low. What else would I have to changed when changing that?

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Mjmacky, well, I have to change my opinion to it sounds like a good deal. The car sounds like it was well maintained, I was incorrect in thinking this was the old 'belt' which had to be changed @80k -100k, The timing chain is what was used in all cars years ago and is quite durable. I think you can purchase this car and get quite a bit of use out of it. I wouldn't worry about the timing chain, change your oil every 3k miles or twice a year, whichever comes 1st, change transmission fluid (automatic) or oil (stick) every 20k or 2yrs. Maintenance by former owner probably covered changing coolant, find out how long ago just to make sure it isn't due soon, if you should need a brake job at any time, ask if they flush out the brake lines. A garage doing a 'quick' brake job will throw parts on, leaving old brake fluid in the system. This can result in more problems down the road (calipers failing early, which costs $$$). Flushing out the brake lines should be standard practice at a good garage, and will only take a little more time and brake fluid. So. to finally sum up, check all your fluids on a regular basis (every weekend), watch for any signs of leaks under the car, this is stuff you should do w/ any car. I would also recommend you pick up a repair manual (chilton or haynes @ book store or online) that can give you info if you should need any repairs, Everyone should try to understand what's going on w/ their car if something goes wrong. You won't be taken advantage of @ the repair shop. Good luck and happy cruising! countrycurt0

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