Curious if anyone has paid or priced how much the dealer would charge for a timing belt change. Trying to figure out how I would save by doing it myself or even if I should even attempt this.
Part of the reason family owned dealers are quickly disappearing from the face of America. They try too hard to keep prices down then go out of business.Good skilled local shops $800-$900 is typical for full kit job , rollers, tensioner, water pump etc. I paid my local really good shop which has a $180hr shop rate $900 for Plugs, TB, rollers and tensioner. Nice clean job. My Subaru dealer doubled its service fees in the last two yrs after being bought by Lithia Auto group. ( Garbage business I have not once in all these yrs been able to find a fair deal with ANY of their dealers Toyota or otherwise) The 4 spark plugs were $400 deal 2x the price at Lithia vs just 2yrs prior family owned, the TB alone was over $1000 at the Lithia dealer.
My 01 TB was done in 2005 at a indi family owned dealer just the TB the dealer told me it was a simple $300 job. Rollers, tensioner etc was another $500 mainly parts cost. So today a good indi shop at $900 isnt too bad for the whole package.
Wow. My indyl place was charging $75/h a couple of years ago. Probably up 10% by now. Of course there are no free cookies. There isn't even a place to wait for the car! So, with an aisin kit, it would probably cost $500 for me.I paid my local really good shop which has a $180hr shop rate
Forget it Jake [ie subie], it's California!My rough numbers on the Lithia owned Subaru dealer shows they charge about $220-$240 an hour labor
I agree. I just did a complete belt and WP, all the cam and crank seal. The owner bought all the OEM parts. Per my suggestion.As an aside, if you choose to do the job yourself, it would be wise to check online (Amazon/eBay) for genuine Subaru parts instead of the dealerships. My timing belt (2.5i) was $65 from Amazon, whereas the dealership price was $115. I would also reccomend using genuine Subaru stuff.
This has not been my experience. I have 159k on my 2011 outback. Zero repairs except factory recall/service for the transmission torque converter. Brake rotors were replaced at 130k and they were still in spec. Serpentine belt replaced at 100k. I am about to do timing belt kit and front struts. I think I will do myself but my local shop quoted $650 for front struts and $850 for timing belt kit. Thats pretty close to national average.Forget it Jake [ie subie], it's California!
Just kidding. What it means is that people in California really can't afford to own a car older then 10 years. After 10 years [120k miles] lots of things need repair in addition to the normal stuff. .