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Re: Timing Belt service and what to replace?
When it comes to spending on cars, many people mistakenly believe that the resale value of the car should determine how much they should spend.
In all honesty, if the car is running well, and in good order, you should be thinking what it would be worth with a broken engine, and how much you would need to find to buy a replacement car (or at least put the damaged car back to its current condition).
There are many ways to save some money on cars; use cheap or part-worn tyres, fit second-hand body parts when required, shop around for insurance, garage costs & consumables.
But one area which should never be subject to cutting corners is the cambelt (or anything which runs from it) - search the forums and you will find the same preventative advice given by the same members, and sadly, a litany of woe from those who have suffered failures.
You are always going to be in a stronger negotiating position to seek the 'best-value' for any work required, if you can take your car wherever you wish.
If the belt snaps (for whatever reason, it makes no difference to the result), then not only are you dealing with unknown costs (can the engine be saved, or are you looking at swapping it over?), you will find you cannot negotiate on cost, plus you will have to pay a recovery fee.
All these additional costs & hassle can be avoided, so rather than thinking 'if it ain't broke, don't fix it', its a case of 'prevention is much cheaper than cure'.
This job should never be complete - the day I think I've done it all, is the day I resign.
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2005 FIAT Ducato 2.8JTD LWB Gran Volume, 2000 Kawasaki ZZR 1100 D7 'fullpower' in black + full GIVI & KAPPA luggage, 2007 MB R-Class 320 CDi Sport LWB uprated by Brabus to 300Bhp don't know if there's a 155mph limiter - will be fun finding out! 2004 Mercedes Vaneo 1.7 CDi Ambiente 7-seater