Did you receive any responses yet? I have exactly the same problem today! Have a 1998 CRV with 142500 miles. I am planning to drive across the country, from coast to coast next week, and I thought that I would have the car checked out quickly but didn't expect any big problems. The automative center said that since I have no records of the water pump being replace, I bought at the end of 2002 with about 60 - 70,000 miles, that it was way past due for a change. The biggest expense is the $300 for labor. They said that several things have to be moved out of the way and then might as well be changed at the same time. I was forced to get a new radiator last summer at a Sears auto center and they didn't put in a thermostat and the bill was over $500. So this time a thermostat will also be put in. In addition, the oil was changed last fall at a Tires Plus, and the people doing the inspection today said that they either didn't put back all of the bolts or they didn't tighten the bolts and some have fallen off!
So I am going back there to get that righted.
In all the current auto center's estimate to do everything is over $1000. As I said the water pump is the biggest expense and I asked "how can you tell or is there any preventive maintenance". They said no, it is based on the age and number of miles.
What have you heard or what are you choosing to do?
Thanks in advance for any feedback because this is killing me financially. :Cry:
Wednesday, January 30th, 2008 AT 7:31 PM