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Re 2007 outback with 52k miles and 2.5L engine.

Friend is getting new Head Gaskets. Timing Belt isn't due for another 3 1/2 years (105 months will come before 105 miles). Should she get new TB installed? Dealer says they will inspect and not replace if it is ok. I know you can not always tell the condition of a TB by visual inspection. Also, I am sure the dealer would like to charge her for a complete TB replacement 3 1/2 years from now.

I am not familiar with Subaru water pumps but I know Toyota Aisin WP's are extremely reliable and do not need to be replaced with every TB change. What is your experience with water pumps on the 2.5L engine? Should we expect it to last 150k miles? Thanks.
 

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I would say tell the dealer to install a new TB and to have the owner pay for it, downside is you then have to remember what the new proper service mileage/date is.
 

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There should be no labor, so you're only out the cost of the timing belt, pulleys and tensioner (they should replace all those as well since those are a common failure). I wouldn't do the water pump at this age since you'll be changing the timing belt at 150k, probably the perfect time to do it. 210k seems a little long for a water pump, which is the next opportunity assuming everything goes REALLY well for the engine. I doubt she'll keep the car to 150k though.

Summary - If she plans on keeping it past 105k, should have them replace timing belt, pulleys and tensioner. If she plans on selling it before it reaches 105k don't do it.
 
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