I have a 2005 Honda Civic with 115,000 miles, it’s paid off. The timing belt is due, and that’s not a task I want to take on or let go (had one break on me before), so it needs to go to the repair shop. I’m getting similar quotes from three different shops, about $750.
Normally it would be a no-brainer–get it done and the car would last me another 7 years, but there’s another issue. I have a slow coolant leak that as of yet can’t be found by me or the mechanics I’ve been bringing it to. There’s no white smoke, there’s no whiteness on the plugs, there’s no coolant in the oil, there’s no sweet smell in the cabin, the chemical test for exhaust fumes in the coolant passed, there’s no drips on the garage floor overnight.
I can only guess it’s a small gasket leak (or block/head crack) and the coolant is burning up before showing any signs. It might stay small, and I’ll be annoyed every couple weeks when I lose heat and have to top off the coolant for the rest of the time I own the car. Or it might decide to let go in a fabulous cloud of white while I’m in the middle of nowhere during a snow storm. My two preschoolers are screaming in the back–and of course I left the cell phone on the kitchen counter.
So, best case, I get the timing belt done and get a car for $750 that lasts another couple years. Worst case, I get the timing belt done and the head gasket lets go, costing me thousands in either a down payment or repair.
Thanks in advance for the advice!