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OK, so I'm a new Subaru first time owner. Research here leads me to think replacing the timing belt is a real good idea with a 2003 and 142K on the clock already...it's over due. The dealership has a posted price of $400 including the new belt....OK, that's not bad, I'll take it.

Then price estimate jumps to $1400 bucks because it is a Forester and the menu price is based on the Impreza with it's 4 cyl. 2.5 engine. Near as I can tell, I have the exact same engine. In fairness to the dealer, this does include new idlers, tensioner, water pump, and seals that add an extra 266 bucks and more labor too...I understand that. I think 8-900 bucks would be more in line.

So is this a hose job? Or is the Forester that much harder to work on? Or am I just just cheap, penny-pinching customer?

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Ah crap.. I'm back with my 05 XS
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WOW $1400 bucks you might as hell have had your head gaskets done properly too. $400-600 is what is should have been at the dealership. There's no way that just because it's a Forester that it would be marked up that much.
 

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Really? I got quoted around $900-1000 for a lot of stuff like the pump, belts, tensioner, and coolant change, for just the belt and pump it was around $600 and belt alone was quite a bit cheaper.

Oh wait I didn't see the OP had all the other parts too. Ok yeah $1400 is still a bit steep and it probably should have been more around $1k.
 

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Find an independent Subaru specialist if possible. Dealer labor rates may be driving that price up far beyone the norm. When my local shop charges nearly half per hour of what the stealership does, there's a big savings to be had on that job.
 
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