Re: Avalon 1997: Timing Belt replacement?
>"Henry Kolesnik" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
> I did a pretty good inspection on a 98 Avalon that I didn't buy from a
> Toyota dealer. It was a one owner with 100,000 miles and the belt had not
> been replaced. I called several indy shops and all said it didn't need it
> till about a 120,000 miles, one shop said he wouldn't do because they[/color]
> like working on the 6 cylinder engine but would be glad to do a 4. The
> dealer's service manager recommended doing it right away for $360.00. The
> dealer's used car dept. refused to have their service department do it but
> would reduce the purchase price by $360.00. When I asked them why they
> wouldn't they gave me a bunch of double talk that implied they would have
> warranthy issues. After thinking it over for a while I decided not to[/color]
> the purchase because they wouldn't do the belt. I assumed they didn't[/color]
> to because other issues might show up and that would eat up their profits.
> But if I did it, I would have to shoulder the risk and I'll bet they would
> have found other issues to run up the bill.
> Do some checking but I think you'll be safe to about 100,000. Why waste[/color]
> time and money, the engine is a non-interference design so belt failure
> will not drive pistons into the valves. It sounds like stop and go is[/color]
> on belts and you don't do that so if your an educated gambler you can take
> an educated risk.
> I'm curious if you've had many problems with the car? How about the front
> end? I'm still looking for a good one, let me know if you see one.
I don't have had as many problems with my car as the other poster 'Unk'. No
starting problems whatsoever, in warm or cold weather (i'm from Boston).
Also, like Unk's, my front-struts were squeaking... they were replaced (cost
about $500 in total). Of course, that happened *just* when the 3 years
extended warranty was up (i bought my Avalon second-hand)!
The rest was just routine maintenance (brake pads, fluid replacements,
inspections, etc) issues.
Only one thing now: My powersteering rack needs to be replaced at some
point. It leaks from the seals on the driver's side. But as long as you keep
the powersteering fluid up to level, nothing can go wrong. But at some
point, i need it replaced, i think. :) This seems to be a common problem
among Avalons... (did a search on the Net).
I think i'll replace the belt (& waterpump, since they're doing that amount
of work anyway...) at 90000 miles then and have them inspect the belt at
the next maintenance.