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Timing Belt Replacement Cost

For everyone that has had the 105k Timing belt service done by a dealer or repair shop what did they charge you total for the parts and labor?
Anyone know what the Book Hour is for the timing belt change?
Please only respond if you yourself has had to pay for it because knowing someone that knows someone usually is not accurate. I know how long it takes me to do it and I am putting together a video that shows the process and what tools are really needed and how to do it for a beginner. I will be editing the video and adding commentary. I hope to have this done in the next couple of weeks.
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Personally, the parts I purchased for the upcoming 105k on Silke's car would retail at ~$850.

I don't raise the bar on maintenance, I simply shatter the sky with the amount of maintenance I'm doing to ensure the longevity of the motor.

In addition to timing belt:

ALL hoses carrying fluid of ANY sort underneath the hood. This includes everything from the main upper/lower hoses to the oil cooler hoses, to the water to turbo hose, to heater hoses, from front to rear of the engine bay. I also replace the water pump and thermostat (no to thermo, just changed out at 90k).

All tensioner pulleys, idlers, and anything that touches the timing belt.

All seals. Oil pump to the block o-ring, cam/crank seals, water pump gasket (obvious) and all the front end things that can wind up leaking and being expensive to fix if we have to go in later.

The part numbers? I have at least 30 parts total on order.

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^ +1 like Roo said is what I'm doing to my forester.
I spent over $1000 in parts for the engine thats including my new set of cams

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In addition to timing belt: ALL hoses carrying fluid of ANY sort underneath the hood. This includes everything from the main upper/lower hoses to the oil cooler hoses, to the water to turbo hose, to heater hoses, from front to rear of the engine bay. I also replace the water pump and thermostat (no to thermo, just changed out at 90k). All tensioner pulleys, idlers, and anything that touches the timing belt. All seals. Oil pump to the block o-ring, cam/crank seals, water pump gasket (obvious) and all the front end things that can wind up leaking and being expensive to fix if we have to go in later. The part numbers? I have at least 30 parts total on order.
This looks like the check list when I replaced my head gaskets. Don't forget to go ahead and replace the knock sensor. I spent a total of $1,200 on my refurbish. Next up are the brakes. Thank God I'm done with the engine for quite some time.
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The last time this was discussed (a few days ago) the answer generally seemed to be a bit over $1000.

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Just had my Timing Belt Replaced at the Subaru Dealership in Boone NC today February 6th 2015.

My Forester has 98151 miles on it.

I wanted Everything Replaced, All Idlers, Tensioner, Water Pump, Thermostat, The Works...

I was told at the dealership that they "Check" the idlers and only replace them if they "need" to be replaced... They Seriously tried to talk me into this... No Kidding... I didn't like the sound of that, if one of them FAILS (as it will eventually) say 20,000 miles down the road, then the Timing Belt will break and My Engine is TOTALED... Hmm interesting that you recommend "checking" the idlers... Yea, No Thank You...

Since we already have the engine Ripped apart and I'm paying for the Labor to have this done I Want to have ALL the Idlers replaced NOW along with EVERYTHING else such as the Water Pump, and a Brand New OEM Subaru Tensioner so I don't have one of these parts fail 20,000 miles down the road... Why would you Not Replace the Old Idlers with New Ones since they have 98,000 miles on them and are GOING to Fail soon??

Dealerships are funny... Seriously, Seems like they just want to sell you a New Car.

As far as I know, they did the job right but Time will tell... Not like I'm going to Take the covers off the timing belt and Inspect the work.. Then again, I might... Just for Piece of mind...


My Total Cost was $1032.90!! This is the Subaru Dealership Price for Replacing Everything with Brand New OEM Subaru Parts.

I had a $110 Coupon that I received in the Mail from this Dealership so My True out of pocket Cost was $968.66.

Car seems to run Perfectly. No kidding, it Purrs and Runs like it just came off the Dealership Floor.

My Idle is Lower than before, the engine was idling around 500 RPM but now Idles at about 250 RPM or Just Below 250 RPM on the Tachometer. The Engine is NOW So Quiet I cannot hear the engine idling from inside the car.

I also noticed the Engine Runs Smoother than before, Now it's Smooth as Glass at all RPM where before this job there was a very slight engine vibration at around 3500 RPM.

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I service a large chunk of the Subarus in my area. I charge $200-250 for labor for a timing belt job. I normally have them source a high perf Gates kit ~$300 (I like the Kevlar belts, personally, and it comes with all idlers, water pump, tensioner, etc).

Aside from the obvious thermostat replacement and accessory belts if they look bad while you're in there, I don't do much else. I don't see a need to replace seals that aren't leaking. Preventative maintenance is nice, but can very easily go overboard.

Edit: typed all this only to realize thread is from 2008.

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No need to disregard. We like to keep related information together here. It makes it easier to find.
Trust me, Before I had my Timing Belt Replaced, I came here and Researched all the old post.. Old Post are Still Relevant Information, Very Valuable Information that we can USE to do what we need to do... I Love Old Threads and Older Post.. The Information we all learn here is Priceless!!

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Got this coming up pretty soon... just turned 90k on the way to work today.
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Got this coming up pretty soon... just turned 90k on the way to work today.
Keep in mind, the interval is 105k, OR 105 months. You may be under in miles, but you're wwaaayyy over in time. All rubber parts deteriorate over time, regardless of mileage.

My '05 has 80k, so it is way overdue also. Whirring noises, coolant odors, etc. So I'm here reading. Will likely get this done in the next week or two.

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