Date: 9 Feb 2006 13:54:49 -0800
From: "yaofeng" <>
Subject: Re: 95 Timing Chain & Turbo replacement costs / justification. wrote: > My 2000 model year, 95 2.0LPT (109k miles) just became a smoke > generator. My local dealer has diagnosed a blown turbo and also that > the timing chain is rattling and loose. > They are advising replacement of both, quoting =A32500 ($4300) for the > chain & turbo, claiming they need to remove the engine to change the > timing chain. > Cost for the new turbo only is =A3900 ($1600). I guess the turbo > replacement is a no-brainer as no turbo means no car but I have a few > questions that I hope someone may be able to answer about the timing > chain, my knowledge of this being limited and a couple of searches not > really answering these: > > This seems quite an incredible amount of money for the timing chain > change, is this reasonable? > > Do you need really need to pull out the engine to change the chain? > > How often do the chains fail in practice, could I get by without > changing it? (aiming to do another 30k miles / 2 years before changing > vehicle). > > Thanks in advance for any advice / comparisons anyone can give. I know most everything in the UK is expensive. But this is ridiculous. Find an independent mechanic.

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