Dealership quote for timing belt service on '02 Mazda Protege
Service Charge Parts or Labor
Transmission fluid change $79.95 P + L
Timing belt change $396.42 P + L
Water pump change $208.00 L
Gasket $12.00 P
Coolant $21.00 P
Water pump change $95.00 P
Total before taxes
The intention is to change both the timing belt and water pump at the same time as is customary by those who wish to save on labour, as the prerequisite parts removed for changing the timing belt also allow access to the water pump yet they gave separate quotes for changing each component but not an option for changing both.
I am concerned about that $208 quote of labour alone for changing the water pump and I am hoping if the timing belt and water pump is done at the same time that the full $208 would not be applied as in the case where the water pump alone was to be done.
Everything else seems reasonable.
Last year he tried to get the coolant changed but they would not do it as there was leak in the radiator and they said he had to change the radiator first. He left it as it is and added a Bars Leak and the radiator has not leaked since so just wondering if a flush is also necessary since this is the first coolant change in like 2 years.
Transmission fluid was not drained at 50k and most people do not recommend a flush because of the resulting problems it causes so hope the drain and refill is sufficient.
Wondering if to get other quotes from places like Big Japanese who does work at cheaper labour costs.
My friend says his mechanic charges cheap and can get OEM parts at discounted rates but he needs to keep the car for a whole day. He hasn't given me quote except to say he is cheaper than the dealership.
What services are better done by the dealership and which ones can i risk with non dealership personnel?
Thank yYou and all help/comments appreciated.