Hey I'll be the first to say it it's old but it ain't shity. My dad's big on preventive maintenance and it's kept it in good shape.It's mechanic-ese for "take your shitty car somewhere else".
Interesting thought, they told him there a slight leak but that it was not dripping- which sounded like BS to me. Repair justification to make their job easier sounds more likely now. Hmmmmm.they are probably taking the valve covers off to ensure timing marks align on the cams....whereabouts are their location? fwd v6 timing belts arent that bad, even dual cammed ones
Ah, I understand. And it's likely at that price they won't get it.Not saying your car is shitty. They likely just don't want the job.
I'm at the same disadvantage. This was a phone consult with my dad this evening. He has the estimate in hand and it would help if we knew what was actually on it.Without the actual estimate in hand to look at, to know what they're including in each job there's no real way to tell why the price is what it is. As far as the belt goes, sitting here with the labor guide I use at work I can't make it cost any more than 5.2hrs and that's including doing the cam/crank seals and the water pump, which comes out to $550-600 in labor at our door rate, dealer may be higher per hour but even if it's $500 in parts from them it seems awfully high. Non-interference engine or not, I wouldn't run it till it pops being that you have no idea when/where it's going to break and where they might end up stranded as a result of it breaking.
The valve cover gaskets without an oil leak doesn't make any sense, they're not a maintenance item and you can do the belt without touching them.
Yeah I can see that. I did give a shop a hard time when they offered me shocks for some huge amount and I mentioned the .5 hour book time.A lot of shops add 25-50% to the labor on jobs like timing belts because they are a bigger pain in the ass and more likely to result in an expensive fuckup than brake jobs or struts, etc.
This.Those prices are way high but at 20 years, I would think about replacing the belt.
His car? Sure, he can walk. Mom stranded on the road? Nope.Non-intereference stock Toyota that's had an easy life? Run it till it breaks and fix it then.
X2.Check the build date :flipoff2: Seriously, I would change the belt.
Since my dad retired it does not get much driving. I'll need to quiz my Dad on how much he plans to use it. I'll bet it does not get 1000 miles on it this year.
With you both on this. That makes it three votes to do nothing till at least 100-120k.
Could be, they live in Crystal City across from one of the buildings Amazon just bought.
That is good to know! My dad loves this car and a dead engine from listening to my advice would be bad for my Tech cred. Told my dad he already has AAA. Call them when you come to a stop. :laughing:
Yeah, at 67000 miles. Sure it is almost 20 years old but unless it is malfunctioning...
It's great on insurance and Fairfax County property taxes, which are HIGH on vehicles.
OK, that is pretty much unanimous. Looks like they really can defer this one for a bit. Thanks for the reality check!
2000 Solara with only 67000 miles. Driven mostly about 10 miles to work and back. Truly a creampuff if two door Toyotas are what you are into. Has a little pep to the V6 too.
Timing belt cost is turn key, same with valve cover and all attendant gaskets. Also offered them a $220 headlight polishing.
Parents live in N VA near National Airport. Mid Seventies. Retired. They called me to see if these repairs was really warranted and should they cost so much. Maybe I am out of touch but this seems high. I do as much I can on my vehicles so I have no frame of reference on shop charges.
I'm voting no on valve cover as there is no oil leak. How long do the V6 Toyota timing belts last? Interference engine?
My parents are usually very loyal customers so I worry that someone might think they could take advantage of them. My dad is the least handy person in the universe so self repair is out. I am too far away to help. I told them the shop was planning on sending their kid to college with this bill.
I can only go off of what I'm given to read. Mom was nowhere in the discussion, nor were long trips to the middle of the desert or the Canadian ice roads.His car? Sure, he can walk. Mom stranded on the road? Nope.
With my dad I always make him send a copy (picture) of the estimate as he never knows exactly what they want to do.Quote is probably for a full 120k service. Timing belt and tensioner, water pump, drive belts, valve job, spark plugs, trans flush and a bunch of unnecessary fluid cleaners/additives.
Particularly since your dad loves the car. Get another quote, fix it, drive 19 more years.Those prices are way high but at 20 years, I would think about replacing the belt.