The car has been somewhat neglected. It’s likely those are the original spark plugs. I say it’s necessary to change plugs that are old enough to vote.
The t-belt job itself was around $800. The rest of the bill is the other stuff, like cam seal and engine mount. They also noted that they “inspected damage.” I imagine they checked for damage resultant from it running out of oil. The price doesn’t seem all that bad to me considering the buffet of services they did to it – I didn’t even mention the brake job.
No, the car has not really been neglected, the car has been in the family since purchase, I guess I may have somewhat neglected it by not checking fluid levels. I am good about regular oil changes but I guess with the age it is I should maybe take it to a mechanic for a regular check, I’m not sure.
Seems more than fair price, an excellent value for all that work. This car should have quite a few more miles on it now. Good idea to get in the habit of checking the engine oil level and coolant level at every other re-fueling. And review the suggested maineance intervalchart in the owner’s manual and try to keep all that up to date as you go forward. Timing belts are usually spec’d for 80-100K miles and/or 7 years, whichever comes first. I presume you were a little past that … Oh, well, no harm done it appears. Looks like you are good to go, and yes you seem to have found some good mechanics.
Depending on whose recommendation you wish to follow you have gone more than two or 3 times the mileage for replacing the timing belt and almost 3 times the years recommended. You are very fortunate that this car does not have an interference engine like most cars with timing belts.
If it did, your valves would have hit the pistons and you would have been calling the junkyard.
Not sure I would have paid for timing belt, water pump, or brakes until they were for sure the engine was ok.
Considering you ran it apparently VERY low on oil, the engine shut itself off, and wouldn’t restart, and the 230K on the odometer, I would want to be positive the engine was fine before putting a bunch of non-immediate money into this thing. (that is assuming that the timing belt did not break at the time of the original breakdown.)
@tester. There seems to be a lot of other work done and the total is reasonable. The $1000 I was referring to would be the timing belt change out alone.
P.S. My neighbor recently had the timing belt replaced on his wife’s Camry Solara V6. With water pumps, seals, etc. it came to $1050, as expected. The car had well over 200,000 miles on it and he had never replaced it. I think the first owner would have done so at 6 years as per he owner’s manual.