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In the US it's every 105k miles. We've seen shorter times quoted in some other national markets.

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Per Cars101 it's 105k replace (inspect at 30, 60, and 90) for all years 2000-2010.

Strangely we've seen reports of ~105k kilometers from some German members. Makes us wonder whether somebody forgot to do the conversion there.
 

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60K vs. 90K

Thanks for the heads-up, snajper69. I called a local Subaru dealership and they 90K. The guy initially guessed 60K but then asked somebody else and was told 90K.
 

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My 2000 Forester has only 36k miles on it. The timing belt has never been changed. Should it be changed based on its' age?

Kevin

PS, It has hardly been driven for several years because of my health, but I want to try to drive again.
 

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If the condition of the belt can be checked without exessive trouble, have it checked for cracks or other signs of aging. That would be prudent practice and cheaper than, potentially, an engine.
 

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My 2000 Forester has only 36k miles on it. The timing belt has never been changed. Should it be changed based on its' age?

Kevin

PS, It has hardly been driven for several years because of my health, but I want to try to drive again.
Wow, 36k miles. That's probably the lowest mile 2000 in the world. Hope your health allows you to start racking those up. :biggrin: I bought mine last May with 44k and I'm already at 89k.
 

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My 2000 Forester has only 36k miles on it. The timing belt has never been changed. Should it be changed based on its' age?

Kevin

PS, It has hardly been driven for several years because of my health, but I want to try to drive again.
I would. Peace of mind is worth it, and the factory service is I believe 105k miles, or 105 months (which is 8.75 years, and you are at least at 12 years right now, if not 13).
 

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Thanks guys, I think I will have the belt changed. BTW, after not being started for years, my Forester started with a simple jump, I was sure the engine would be frozen, but it runs fine! Most dependable car I've ever owned.

Kevin
 

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change headgasket too?

Just wondering if the headgasket should be changed at the same time as the timing belt, since it is also the original in my 2000 Forester?

Can anyone give me an idea of expected cost on these jobs? Figuring it's pricey..
 
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