Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Chattanooga, TN
Car Year: 1999
Car Model: Forester L
Timing Belt problem
Last time I wrote, I replaced the engine on my '99 Forester L (MT) with a 15k mi. engine with my odometer reading 85k mi. Today, @ 142k mi. my Forester is back in the shop and they say it needs a timing belt, valve job, Head Gasket kit and some machine shop work. I had to have it towed because it wouldn't start. It would run, but then seize up. It happened all of a sudden this past Sunday afternoon. He want's to charge $3380. My questions are as follows:
1) Is the Foz worth fixing? I've loved it the entire time, except for the cost of the repairs.
2) If it is worth fixing, is the price reasonable and will it fix the problem and for how long?
3) Are there other options: new engine? Sell the car and buy a new one?
I need advice on my forester. I love it to death, I have it customized perfectly (including aftermarket seats) for my 6'10" frame, and it does everything I ask of it. I'm just tired of putting money into it (Since the original repair, I also had a valve adjustment done, throwout bearing replaced and the syncro's are starting to go as well)
Any advice is appreciated.