My questions are regarding a 2002 Honda Odyssey with a tad over 89,000 miles on her.
My questions are in regard to replacing the timing belts, water pump, tensioners. Etc.
At this moment the vehicle is running smoothly and fine, but I just read that Honda recommends 7 years of 120,000 miles. Maximum, before replacing the timing belt.
I plan to have the work done in either Rhode Island, Massachusetts. New Hampshire, Maine or Connecticut in the next couple of weeks. Depending on where I can get it done the least expensively. Do you have a recommendation regarding which state is the least expensive? (I am on a very tight budget and have only the one vehicle)
What all should I have done during this job to ensure maximizing the labor costs and minimize the chance that I will be paying the same labor costs in the near term. Because I failed to get something done the first time around (ie timing belt, tensioners, water pump.)?
I have done some research on the cost of the parts (including water pump, tensioners. Etc) Even at retail prices the parts are easily under $300. I have read that I should buy good parts on my own. Could recommend a good source for the Honda Odyssey parts? Does under $300 sound accurate for the parts?
I have been told that it should take 5 hours or less to complete the job. Can you give me an accurate estimate of how long this job should take?
How likely is it that I will find a reputable, certified mechanic who will agree to install the parts that I have purchased? Have you ever heard of a dealership doing this? What should I plan on paying per hour for the labor?
I have talked to several shops to see how much it will cost me to have this job done. For parts and labor the lowest price I was quoted was $750 and the highest was $1,200. Does this sound too high, considering the parts at retail are under $300.00 and the job time should be for under 5 hours?
I need to make a decision and move forward within the next couple of weeks, as I only have the one vehicle and I don't want to have a belt brake.
Tuesday, January 15th, 2013 AT 7:31 PM