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April 1, 2011 4:40 PM Subscribe
'02 Honda Accord V6 timing belt/fuel pump. $$$ = :(
posted by Dmenet to Travel & Transportation (20 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
So I've got an '02 Accord V6, 75k miles. It looks like it's time for a new timing belt + fuel pump. The dealership says that will be ~1200$. Yikes. Trustworthy mechanic in town says about $800 which it better, but there are a bunch of other things that might as well be changed while they are in there. Tensioner, some other pulleys, seals perhaps etc. etc. That might bring costs up to near...$1200. Argh. So my question is, when is enough enough? The car has been a champ so far, and I don't see a reason it won't last a lot longer, but I'm only dealing with a sample set of one.
I've got perhaps too many options: Just the belt, belt + pump, the whole shebang. I'm leaning towards the peace of mind that come from paying a mechanic as much as they ask for.
The car is in fine working condition, but there are some superficial dents that would impact trade-in. All I care about is having an in-town car that can make a once-monthly trip from Champaign to Chicago and back (~2.5 hour highway trip).