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TerriM, Milford, MI, April 15, 2009, 14:10
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I have been told it will cost around $1200 to $1400 to fix the timeing belt and front struts. I'm very poor and an a charity has been looking into the cost of getting my car repairs and now tell me it's not worth the cost...to me it is as I believe I can still get another 50,000 or more miles out of it what do you think? It's ok otherwise

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    patrick mannion from Greg Solow's Engine Room, April 15, 2009, 22:46
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    I sympathize with everyone in financial difficulties at this time. The RAV 4 is a great car. Don't skimp on engine oil changes change the engine oil every 3,000 miles and check the engine oil level, coolant level and transmission fluid level yourself every second fill of gas to be on the safe side. If you don't know how to do this it is simple and any auto repair shop will take a moment to show you.
    If the stuts are not leaking to the point where they are making the car unsafe to drive I would put that off for now or at least ask the repair shop to prioritize repairs you may need in order of priority and importance toward safety and reliability. The timing belt is important, luckily this is a non interference engine but for reliability it is best to have this replaced. Best wishes.

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    TerriM, April 16, 2009, 07:34
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    The repair shop is saying it must have the struts changed for safty. My problem is that a charity that was going to help me with repairs is now saying they won't because they believe it's not worth it. I feel differently that it could last a few more years with the 2 repairs done. Getting these repairs means I will have a car without out them I will not have a car and no one is going to buy me another one. He said that it's a lot of money and that something else could go bad...this is true of any car so I thought that to be a stupid thing to say. I guess I just wanted to know what others thought as this car has been great.

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    Visitor, July 27, 2010, 17:28

    I would shop around to get prices on repairs. I had 1 estimate to have the timing belt replaced for $1200 by a national chain, and a mechanic charged me several hundred dollars to do it.

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    BIGALBUCK September 21, 2009, 05:29
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    THAT Price is way out of line i have had timeing belt and front struts replace for timeing belt $300.00 and struts $200.00

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    Visitor, July 27, 2010, 17:29

    I would shop around to get prices on repairs. I had 1 estimate to have the timing belt replaced for $1200 by a national chain, and a mechanic charged me several hundred dollars to do it.

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    Visitor, May 22, 2011, 16:24

    send me a ticket i will fix it for you for 300

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