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Old 09-20-2005, 04:34 PM   #1
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Default 2.5 SOHC Timing Belt Replacement Parts

I feel like I'm getting dicked around trying to get a quote on a timing belt replacement on a 1999 Impreza 2.5RS. I've been quoted $900 and $1500 for what, IMHO, should be a $400 job.

The last place has a reasonable labor quote, but is saying I need $600 in parts - that's $170 for the belt and water pump, and like $450 for miscellaneous garbage like new idler pulleys and tensioners and brackets.

What's the skinny - am I just shooting myself in the foot by insisting that they replace the belt, the pump, and nothing else, and re-use the existing idlers and tensioners?

Neither shop looked at the actual car (and the timing belt cover is in the way anyway) so it's not as though they inspected the tensioners and decided that they looked marginal.

I'm so fed up I'm back to considering just changing it myself. I wouldn't mind at all paying $400 for belt + water pump to avoid having to deal with it, but if my options are really $900 and $1500, then screw it. My knuckles will bleed...
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Old 09-20-2005, 05:39 PM   #2
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Did you call a dealer to see what they want of the job. Call a few reputable places then compare numbers to see who is really off and who is not?

I have never had a scooby until now and most timing belts I have had done were about $200 in total
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Old 09-20-2005, 10:04 PM   #3
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I swear to god I'm going to make an instructional video for timing belt how-to.

Yes, imo you will be bending over and taking it idp if you pay 900-1500 for a timing belt install.

The thing with the parts is that they need to be inspected. You can't really inspect them until you can see them. So the work has to be done.

go to subaruparts.com and do a little window shopping. Not sure if 99 is in there but 2000 should be the same part numbers for the sohc 2.5L

Odds are that your idlers are probably fine.
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Old 09-22-2005, 01:31 PM   #4
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I have a 99 RS too and I'm about to do a timing belt job (not myself). But I'm buying all my parts myself. This is the second timing belt job so i'm switching out the water pump (didn't do it the first time).
Go to 1stsubaru.com they are cheapest that i have found on the web.
I'm changing:
dry belts or v-belts whatever they are called
timing belt
water pump + gasket
thermostat + gasket
oil pump seal
front crank seal (cuz it leaked the first time thats why i had to change my timing belt at 80,000K the first time) this is for peace of mind

I think 900 is steep... you might want to call around... usually ranges from 200-300 for labor.
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Old 09-22-2005, 01:32 PM   #5
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Yes please make a instructional video.. Can i have a copy for free..
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Old 09-22-2005, 05:08 PM   #6
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Yes please make a instructional video.. Can i have a copy for free..
I'll give you a free copy if you be my camera man, edit it for me, and pay for the cassettes.
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Old 09-23-2005, 11:22 AM   #7
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ummmm...
camera man = no problem
edit = no problem
pay= problem..
hahaha
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Old 09-23-2005, 07:20 PM   #8
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I'll give you a free copy if you be my camera man, edit it for me, and pay for the cassettes.
Cassettes, how about dvd?
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Old 09-23-2005, 08:44 PM   #9
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WE'll see. I have to stop and price out some digital video cameras and some editing software.

ANy suggestions for a guy on a tight budget?
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Old 09-24-2005, 01:08 PM   #10
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Default Idler pulleys

My last Scooby was a 95 Legay wagon with the 2.2L. Just before the trans went home, I had the front of the engine done. That was the first time I had the pulleys done and I always had the belt changed at just under 60,000 miles. The car had 235,000 miles on it. About every other belt I had the seals and water pump done, though to prevent crank and cam leaks.

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