Should I sell my car or spend money on timing belt replacement


#1

I have a 1999 Acura 3.2 TL. I’ve put almost 200,000 miles on it and according to the owners manual, it’s time for a second timing belt replacement (I replaced it once at around 120,000 miles). I’m trying to decide whether I should sell/trade my car in to get a new one or spend money replacing the timing belt and hope that it will last a few more years. I appreciate your input.


#2

How’s it running now?? Any other issues?? Rust??

200k really isn’t that many miles for this vehicle. Also at 200k you’re averaging less then 20k/yr…so 2-3 more years is only about 50k miles. If the rest of the vehicle is in good shape I say spend the money and get it fixed.


#3

As it is, your car has little value, so don’t spend too much time agonizing over this…If you have not replaced the transmission, that back-breaker can not be far off. If you can afford a new car without taking on an uncomfortable debt load, now might be a good time to start shopping…


#4

Thanks for your response. No, I haven’t replaced my transmission yet.


#5

Usually those timing belts have a 8yr/105,000 mile life. So based off that(last change 120k+105k interval) you are not due until 225,000 miles. I would wait until you hit that mileage and then dump it or replace it. Your vehicle will not change much in value over those 25k miles and a year or so at this point of depreciation.


#6

Thanks everyone for your input.

I’ve been having a little bit problem with the car but it is not getting worse. The problem I’ve been having is sometime I feel like the car jumps like a horse, pauses and hesitates a little bit during the first gear. But it runs just fine after that.


#7

The timing belt replacement mileage for your engine 105,000 miles. So the first thing I would ask if I were looking into purchasing this vehicle would be, “When was the timing belt/water pump last replaced?”. And since the vehicle is very near the mileage where replacement is required again, You’ld have to knock some money off the asking price before I would buy it.

Tester