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Old 06-12-2014, 08:24 AM
 
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My car has reached over 200k miles and now I need my timing belt and water pump replaced, according to my car's maintenance schedule.

I was all for it, until I heard the cost for it... ~1k.

I have a goal to keep my car for at least 30k more miles, max of 50k, so I will get it replaced.

Anyone here able to separate maintenance costs from repair costs in a vehicle in your mind, or is it all the same to you? Do you consider your car's value when needing maintenance as many do with repairs?
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Old 06-12-2014, 08:29 AM
 
Location: NY
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My car has reached over 200k miles and now I need my timing belt and water pump replaced, according to my car's maintenance schedule.

I was all for it, until I heard the cost for it... ~1k.

I have a goal to keep my car for at least 30k more miles, max of 50k, so I will get it replaced.

Anyone here able to separate maintenance costs from repair costs in a vehicle in your mind, or is it all the same to you? Do you consider your car's value when needing maintenance as many do with repairs?
Seperate them how? They are both a given and an ownership expense to any vehicle. Maintenance costs are easier to plan for as they generally follow more of a schedule. However, they will accumulate anyway.

I do not weigh them against necessarily the book value of a car. However, I do weigh them against the overall condition and age, and what I believe the life expectancy is.
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Old 06-12-2014, 08:29 AM
 
Location: Poway, CA
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Mentally, I have no issue separating maintenance from repair. It's a known cost for the vehicle, which means I can plan and budget around it.

The value of the vehicle may come into play if I was seriously contemplating getting rid of it beforehand, but that would usually only be because either the vehicle has required one too many repairs (which is obviously subjective) or if I'd determined I wanted to replace the vehicle with something else. Otherwise, if my plan is to keep the vehicle for any significant period of time, I don't hesitate to get the maintenance performed since I see it as one of those 'penny wise, pound foolish' things if it's neglected.

Mike
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Old 06-12-2014, 08:36 AM
 
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Try this, compare the cost of replacing the timing belt with the cost of replacing the engine.
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Old 06-12-2014, 08:40 AM
 
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Try this, compare the cost of replacing the timing belt with the cost of replacing the engine.
I stated in my OP that I was replacing the timing belt, but the initial maintenance cost just shook me a little.
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Old 06-12-2014, 09:12 AM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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There is a lot of labor in that work, $1,000 seems reasonable. If you get another 50k miles out of it, that's only costing you another 2 cents per mile. At the cost of $25,00 for new, the purchase alone would cost you 50 cents per mile for those same 50,000 miles. If you are lucky and nothing breaks on it the job is well worth it in the long run.
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Old 06-12-2014, 09:14 AM
 
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My car has reached over 200k miles and now I need my timing belt and water pump replaced, according to my car's maintenance schedule.

I was all for it, until I heard the cost for it... ~1k.

I have a goal to keep my car for at least 30k more miles, max of 50k, so I will get it replaced.

Anyone here able to separate maintenance costs from repair costs in a vehicle in your mind, or is it all the same to you? Do you consider your car's value when needing maintenance as many do with repairs?
To me, the maintenance is a part of the cost of owning the car, like the license tabs and the insurance.

I just put $1700 into an '04 Passat for that same maintenance but I know the car will go another 100,000 miles given the proper maintenance so to me that is a good investment.

We put in new brakes at 70,000 miles that cost around $1000 but they came from Emden, Germany in a box with new rotors, pads and calipers already machined and ready to go, like a brand new car. Not some flunky down at Tires Plus doing it. So I know I can expect a new brake job at 140,000 miles for around $1000 give or take.

Maintenance is everything. I also replace the water heater in my house right at the end of the tank warranty, no sense in taking a chance of it letting loose and flooding my basement.

See what I mean?
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Old 06-12-2014, 09:57 AM
 
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You have to pay for a car no matter what. You can do it ahead of time with preventative maintenance, you can break down get towed and spend more on repairs, or you can spend a LOT more on a new car. Take your pick!

Cars wear out and maintenance/repairs should be expected. Best to set aside money ahead of time for these things (called budgeting).

Anyway do the math. 12 car payments of $500 a month is $6,000 a year. As opposed to $1,000 in one year.

Or $1,000 is 83.33 a month!
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Old 06-12-2014, 10:13 AM
 
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1k is usually on the high side but really sometimes depends on the car. Most cars run about 500. Shop around anyway. If everyone is at 1k that's the price for your car. If that's dealer price I suggest finding a local garage that specializes in your brand. They can usually do it cheaper
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Old 06-12-2014, 10:57 AM
 
Location: Kalamalka Lake, B.C.
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My backyard guy used to say: it's not the money I charge you, but the money I SAVE YOU by not doing unnecessary work.

Drive a truck in L.A. and you're on the flats all the time. Trucks routinely get transmissions and engines with hundreds of thousands of miles just for an oil change and bands tightened.

Now take that same truck to Seattle, which a friend of mine and I did. We weren't in town six months when we were both doing our tranny, replaced u-joints and kingpins, rebuilding whatever.......as we were always parking on hillsides and going up and down streets like we were in San Fran.
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