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Old 14 Nov 2009, 09:48 am
tww1491
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Default 2008 Pilot Timing Belt Change

Our 03 Pilot with 83k miles will be coming up on a t-belt change May 2010 --
7 years. I was having new tires installed today at a Firestone Care Center
on Robins AFB (Destination LE), and asked for a quote on a belt change. The
price suprised me -- 665.00 which included the water pump, tensioner and so
forth. I recollect the dealer telling me the cost was around $1000.00. I am
a little leary of using someone other than the Honda dealer who I have dealt
with for years and have had good service. Any comments on experiences with
Firestone?


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Old 14 Nov 2009, 10:59 am
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Default Re: 2008 Pilot Timing Belt Change

"tww1491" <twaugh5@cox.net> wrote in
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> Our 03 Pilot with 83k miles will be coming up on a t-belt change May
> 2010 -- 7 years. I was having new tires installed today at a
> Firestone Care Center on Robins AFB (Destination LE), and asked for a
> quote on a belt change. The price suprised me -- 665.00 which included
> the water pump, tensioner and so forth. I recollect the dealer telling
> me the cost was around $1000.00. I am a little leary of using someone
> other than the Honda dealer who I have dealt with for years and have
> had good service. Any comments on experiences with Firestone?
>
>
>




I've had, and heard of, little but poor experiences with the likes of
Firestone, Sears and other chains.

Plus, you ought to do proper research into those prices. Chances are good
Firestone is using cheaper aftermarket parts, which are not nearly as good
as OEM, and aftermarket coolant. You should also get a complete list of the
parts included by both garages. Firstone may be a few parts short of what
the dealer was going to install.


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Old 14 Nov 2009, 04:09 pm
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Default Re: 2008 Pilot Timing Belt Change


"Tegger" <invalid@invalid.inv> wrote in message
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> "tww1491" <twaugh5@cox.net> wrote in
> news:xgALm.31386$6c2.17497@newsfe03.iad:
>
>> Our 03 Pilot with 83k miles will be coming up on a t-belt change May
>> 2010 -- 7 years. I was having new tires installed today at a
>> Firestone Care Center on Robins AFB (Destination LE), and asked for a
>> quote on a belt change. The price suprised me -- 665.00 which included
>> the water pump, tensioner and so forth. I recollect the dealer telling
>> me the cost was around $1000.00. I am a little leary of using someone
>> other than the Honda dealer who I have dealt with for years and have
>> had good service. Any comments on experiences with Firestone?
>>
>>
>>

>
>
>
> I've had, and heard of, little but poor experiences with the likes of
> Firestone, Sears and other chains.
>
> Plus, you ought to do proper research into those prices. Chances are good
> Firestone is using cheaper aftermarket parts, which are not nearly as good
> as OEM, and aftermarket coolant. You should also get a complete list of
> the
> parts included by both garages. Firstone may be a few parts short of what
> the dealer was going to install.


That was my gut feeling. You get what you pay for -- plus I would have
recourse with Honda if a dealt with the dealer. Leave Firestone to tires!
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Old 14 Nov 2009, 04:13 pm
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Default Re: 2008 Pilot Timing Belt Change

"tww1491" <twaugh5@cox.net> wrote in
news:xgALm.31386$6c2.17497@newsfe03.iad:

> Our 03 Pilot with 83k miles will be coming up on a t-belt change May
> 2010 -- 7 years. I was having new tires installed today at a
> Firestone Care Center on Robins AFB (Destination LE), and asked for a
> quote on a belt change. The price suprised me -- 665.00 which included
> the water pump, tensioner and so forth. I recollect the dealer telling
> me the cost was around $1000.00. I am a little leary of using someone
> other than the Honda dealer who I have dealt with for years and have
> had good service. Any comments on experiences with Firestone?
>
>
>


the Firestone dealer I bought new tires from recently tried to screw me by
quoting replacement of the entire lower control arm for $400($300 plus
labor) because of a worn ball joint.I bought a new ball joint from Advance
Auto for $15,borrowed (for free)from them the press tool to install it,it
took me 2.5 hrs in the parking lot.It would have taken them less than an
hour on a lift,using air tools.
Now,this was on a 2003 Sentra SpecV,but the example still is valid.

YMMV.

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Old 15 Nov 2009, 09:53 am
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Default Re: 2008 Pilot Timing Belt Change

On Sat, 14 Nov 2009 10:48:39 -0500, "tww1491" <twaugh5@cox.net> wrote:

>Our 03 Pilot with 83k miles will be coming up on a t-belt change May 2010 --
>7 years. I was having new tires installed today at a Firestone Care Center
>on Robins AFB (Destination LE), and asked for a quote on a belt change. The
>price suprised me -- 665.00 which included the water pump, tensioner and so
>forth. I recollect the dealer telling me the cost was around $1000.00. I am
>a little leary of using someone other than the Honda dealer who I have dealt
>with for years and have had good service. Any comments on experiences with
>Firestone?
>


That sounds a bit high to me for a non-Honda shop. A year ago, the
Honda dealer quoted me $650 and an independent shop $450 using the
Honda belt. Both included the water pump in the deal.
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Old 15 Nov 2009, 02:37 pm
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"Flatlander" <flatlander47@cox.net> wrote in message
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> On Sat, 14 Nov 2009 10:48:39 -0500, "tww1491" <twaugh5@cox.net> wrote:
>
>>Our 03 Pilot with 83k miles will be coming up on a t-belt change May
>>2010 --
>>7 years. I was having new tires installed today at a Firestone Care Center
>>on Robins AFB (Destination LE), and asked for a quote on a belt change.
>>The
>>price suprised me -- 665.00 which included the water pump, tensioner and
>>so
>>forth. I recollect the dealer telling me the cost was around $1000.00. I
>>am
>>a little leary of using someone other than the Honda dealer who I have
>>dealt
>>with for years and have had good service. Any comments on experiences with
>>Firestone?
>>

>
> That sounds a bit high to me for a non-Honda shop. A year ago, the
> Honda dealer quoted me $650 and an independent shop $450 using the
> Honda belt. Both included the water pump in the deal.


Was that a 4 cylinder price or the V6.


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