152,000 Mile Review/Timing Belt change, Coolant Flush

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    152,000 Mile Review/Timing Belt change, Coolant Flush

    My fiat is at 151,600 and I needed to change the timing belt and do the coolant flush. I called about 5 studios in chicago metro area and was given a wide range prices. Surprisingly the Fiat dealership in downtown Chicago was $150 cheaper than the 2nd cheapest. 3 1/2hrs of labor for timing belt change. $417 for labor plus $87 for tensioner (optional). $140 for coolant flush,(I was quoted $99 at another dealer but it was too far away) but they were able to do both for $605 out the door with tax. The last 10-20K miles this car has been so loud to drive once I HIT 60MPH, I suspected a bad wheel hub. Timing Belt was in decent shape still. I read a user on here with 190K miles and said they have not had any moderate problems with the car, I think this cars suspension components arent as good as it other parts and Ive already had a wheel hub replaced before.

    Tedolph cover your eyes...here's what is wrong with the car and replaced at 152K and has been a problem since about 135k or so...

    2 Link stabilizers
    4 Nut Hex
    1 Lock nut
    1 COntrol Arm
    2 Mount Struts
    2 Front Struts
    3 Wheel Hub BEarings
    1 Loose Heat Shield
    1 PCV Seal (SPlit)
    1 Vacum Pump (Split)

    All these fore mentioned parts were covered with my $100 Chrysler Service Contract, except the required interval timing belt and coolant flush.

    I give this car a "C" as far as reliability goes. I wouldnt not buy a Fiat due to reliability concerns but Ive owned more reliable and less reliable cars. I dont go over rough roads, I usually drive toll way roads. My advice, keep the car until 125K miles or so if you dont have an extended warranty and arent keeping it for the long-haul. I wrote a review at 100K, you can search that for the previous fixes with the car.
    Last edited by dabears; 07-17-2017 at 11:55 PM.

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