So it’s that wonderful time in my '06 Outback’s life when its due for the timing belt to be replaced. I contacted two indy shops that I’ve used for lesser maintenance items, and both recommended going to the dealer for the timing belt…I guess I should give them credit for their honesty, right? So I got in touch with two Subaru service departments, located about 10 miles away from each other, and this is what they had to say via e-mail:
Service department #1: “timing belt without water pump. 650.00, with water pump 935.00, when we do timing belt if water pump is not leaking, I would not do it.”
Service department #2: “The replacement of the timing belt usually is about $800.00 alone. The water pump and thermostat, and gaskets needed run just under $400.00. So I would say high end altogether would be $1200.00. With all of that being on the high side this does not include the tensioner or pulleys that could need to be replaced. If there is anything else that would need to be replaced now would be the time to do it. With everything taken apart its easier to get to and more cost efficient.”
Has anybody paid prices like these for a timing belt replacement? I certainly haven’t, and certainly don’t want to. I’m currently waiting on a call back from a third independent shop that I’ve never used but that was recommended to me by my brother-in-law, but at this point I’m not feeling too great about my prospects.