I need to know what the usual cost for a 2006 Suzuki Forenza that needs a complete auto head job; includes water pump, timing belt, etc.
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In my market Suzuki vehicles have no value so it would be replacement time for the vehicle.
“Auto head job”??? Sorry, but what the heck is that?
Thank God that I am not the only one who was confused by that reference.
I suspect she means only that the engine needs a timing belt, with water pump, etc.
The car is just old enough that it’s probably on its original timing belt.
While you are probably right, @jesmed , but possibly not. A head gasket comes to mind, which very much changes the equation.
I can give you some input from my recent experience. I too have a 2006 Suzuki Forenza. I got some quotes for timing belt and associated parts (all spec’d as a “kit”) and went ahead with replacing mine. In northern California, the quoted cost will be at a minimum of $700. Expect a range between $700-$1k depending on the shop, with $700-800 being about a good average price.
If the car is in good condition still, and you’re not looking for another car yet, it’s not a bad price to pay. But if you want to get a new car or a newer used car, then perhaps time to upgrade/switch as the car value is indeed pretty low (I think about $4k max in northern California by KBB value, etc).