Timing Belt Long Overdue.. WHAT IF IT BREAKS??? on 1998 Lexus GS400

I just have to ask a crazy question because I just had the AC re-built that cost me $2000. While swiping my debit card, they reminded me that I was long overdue for the TIMING BELT to be replaced..which includes replacing: front engine seals, water pump, thermostat, idler bearings, tensioner, coolant, and drive belt for $600... is that an OK deal?? I don't have $600 right now... what if it breaks? Is the car ruined? last question.. is this a difficult job for most "qualified mechanics"... simply b/c I'm a lot closer to many mechanics that seem to have some good reviews on here. thanks in advance, -donnie

by in Cartersville, GA on May 07, 2010
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ANSWER by on May 08, 2010
that is a true statement. the estimate is very cheap. get it in writing. my shop is about 800-900 for the job. Roy
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ANSWER by on August 18, 2010
$600 isn't bad at all considering they will replace everything including the seals and water pump.Parts themselves will be about half that cost. This job is not that difficult to do if you are pretty handy with tools, take your time and have a manual or guide. The good thing is that there is plenty of room to work in there. Also depending on the mileage you should look into replacing this soon, but the parts are pretty robust and can last a while if babied
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COMMENT by on November 06, 2010
A Lexus dealership in Michigan quoted $600. Sometimes, you get lucky and they fix small "extras"...