Date: Thu, 09 Feb 2006 17:03:24 GMT
From: James Sweet <>
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 2500 ($4300) for the > chain & turbo, claiming they need to remove the engine to change the > timing chain. > Cost for the new turbo only is 900 ($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. > Dunno about the chain but that seems like a lot for a turbo, there's shops out there that specialize in rebuilding turbochargers, also you have to make sure the PCV system is clear, lots of good turbos get replaced due to clogged crankcase vents.

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