Originally Posted by sonick
A hardtop for my miata. Was planning to buy closer to summer when the prices go down a bit, but the price was too good to pass up; this is going to be an expensive month for the car.
Getting the timing belt and water pump changed this weekend, $400 labour plus $300 for the parts. Unfortunately, I've not the faith in my manliness to do such a job myself.
I've done this before. It does not suck, so long as you remember to mark your cam sprockets and belts before
removing the belt.
Put it this way: I had a much easier time replacing the timing belt and water pump on my Miata than I did with the water pump alone on my jeep.
The downside is that if things go sideways, you're towing it to a garage to get the belt put on.
BTW, the water pump is behind the belt, so if you're doing the pump, the belt is no added labor.