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Old 28 Mar 2013, 12:19 pm
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Dear experienced cruisers,

I'm about to buy my very first car, a PT Cruiser from a friend who's leaving the country.
The car is a PT from 2004 with 112.000 miles and in very good conditions, that I'm buying for about 2000$.
My friend had to bring the car to a Chrisler's, which foresee the following reparations to happen in the future, among others:

- Water pump
- Timing belt
- Tensioner

I read the timing belt fix is very expensive, I'm wondering if this is still a good deal or not, and I have no experience at all with cars.
Can someone help me out?

Thanks!
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Old 28 Mar 2013, 12:30 pm
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Sounds like a decent deal to me even with the expense of the timing belt change. My dealer wants about $1300 to do everything. So figure after its done you have $3300. If it is in really nice shape seems worth it to me.
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Old 28 Mar 2013, 01:03 pm
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and it should have been done around the 100,000 mile mark. running on borrowed time if you don't get it done.
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Old 28 Mar 2013, 01:26 pm
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Congrats. It sounds like a good deal to me too if the car is in good shape. I paid the same for mine at auction. The body is in great shape and the interior is like new. Mine had the timing belt and other stuff done, but I planned on putting about $1500 and would have still considered it a good deal as they are worth much more than $3500 if in excellent shape.

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Dear experienced cruisers,

I'm about to buy my very first car, a PT Cruiser from a friend who's leaving the country.
The car is a PT from 2004 with 112.000 miles and in very good conditions, that I'm buying for about 2000$.
My friend had to bring the car to a Chrisler's, which foresee the following reparations to happen in the future, among others:

- Water pump
- Timing belt
- Tensioner

I read the timing belt fix is very expensive, I'm wondering if this is still a good deal or not, and I have no experience at all with cars.
Can someone help me out?

Thanks!
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Old 28 Mar 2013, 02:02 pm
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Thank you, this helps a lot.
It is not something that needs to be done right now I think, just something that might happen, at least this is my understanding.
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Old 28 Mar 2013, 03:19 pm
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I would first bring the car to a mechanic and have them check it

If it has over 100K miles and the timing belt has not been done, then you are on borrowed time.

Expect to pay 1000$ to have a competant mechanic or dealer change the belt, Water pump, Tensioners, and accesory belts.
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Old 28 Mar 2013, 04:10 pm
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Should I have them fixed ahead of time, or should I wait for them to break before going to a mechanic?
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Old 28 Mar 2013, 04:45 pm
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Should I have them fixed ahead of time, or should I wait for them to break before going to a mechanic?
If they break you'll have to have it towed. You may also suffer other minor damage. Count on your time waiting for the tow truck, missed work, etc.

I don't know about you, but to me the extra expense of towing alone would be one reason, I do all preventive maintenance as scheduled and why I check over my vehicles on a regular basis.

Now don't get me wrong, as others have said, you're on borrowed time. If you have the money I'd say do it now. If not, I would start putting it aside and have the work as soon as you can, knowing that you may or may not have a problem but once you have the timing belt, etc done, you'll be sure all is good and not have to worry about those parts breaking and leaving you stranded.
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Old 28 Mar 2013, 05:01 pm
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Been helping a new friend by way of phone to replace his after it broke. Would have been easer for him to line up the belt if he had done it before it broke. His had just over 100k. So you are better to plan ahead then to pay a tow bill and take it on the have too. Shop around for price . Don't get to do that on the hook.
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Old 28 Mar 2013, 05:25 pm
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If the timing belt was not done on schedule, what else was put off or not done at all?
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