2004 Honda Civic Q&A

2004 Honda Civic Question: What Should I Pay for Timing Belt and Water Pump Replacement

I am considering buying a used 2004 Honda Civic EX 2 door 4 cyl automatic. It has 77,000 miles so will need a timing belt soon. Since it is recommended to replace timing belt and water pump at the same time, can you give me an estimate on the cost for replacing the 2 together. I will figure this into the negotiating price for the car. Right now he's asking $6,500. Thanks for your assistance. -
Answer 1
600-800 depending on your area. Roy -
Comment 1
Thank you Roy. I appreciate the prompt response because my Dad was planning to look at the car tomorrow. I surfed some other sites online also and $600 was in that ballpark. -
Answer 2
No way! I had a 2002 Honda Civic and my mechanic charged about $500 for the water pump and timing belt. I recently had my 2006 Acura TL's water pump, timing belt and serpentine belt and it was $500. Also, my I had my Lexus EX 330 (2005) done for $350. I got estimates for a couple thousand for each car initially but I looked around; I went to 7 or so mechanics. Use one mechanic's price to lower another mechanic and negociate. Good luck. Do not spend 6500; that's a rip off. -
Comment 1
Thank you so much. This is great info. I appreciate the prompt response, because my Dad was planning to check out the car tomorrow. Thanks again. -
Answer 3
Be careful where you shop for prices. Just so you don't get hit with surprises aftrwards , get the estimate based on a civic equipped with ABS (module and brake lines in the way of mount removal and cam seal replacement). Have them include t=belt, tensioner , water pump , and both cam and crank seals ,and drive belts for A/c and power steering. LOTS of competition on pricing these days and lots of shops quote ONLY t- belt replacement to start , then 'hit' you with all the other 'problems'. Also get the VIN# and go to a dealer and have them check (free) for all recalls and warranty extensions that are needed or available for it. -
Comment 1
Thanks for the great info. I will definitely get the full estimate for everything that should be done. Thanks for the info about the dealer. -
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