Date: 9 Feb 2006 06:22:31 -0800
Subject: 95 Timing Chain & Turbo replacement costs / justification.

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.

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