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Old 13-01-2014, 01:40 PM
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just bought a 2003 WRX with 165kms on the clock, mint condition no leaks for $8700. runs really well the problem is that the car has no log book and the seller was like the 3rd owner and only had the car for 2 months. and had no idea if timing belt had been done.

I have no where to check if it's been done but the seller said he's been told that it's been done @100kms. but i don't like to trust people's words and end up with a bent valve and blown head. I ran the dealership they told me that model need belt/idlers change @100kms. so I am really NOT sure if it's been done

I asked a few mechanics and they were not able to figure out. there is no stickers on the car saying it's been done either. so what should I do replace it or drive it till 200kms ?

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if in doubt, change it
that way you know the base line

you've answered your own question in your own post
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i think i read on here someone got to 180k on one belt before it snapped?

As above, if in doubt, change it out.
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What I do for my customers in this situation is to remove the passenger side timing belt cover. It's relatively easy. then wind the engine over by hand using a socket on the crank pulley and inspect the belt. If I cannot easily read the part number/branding and the painted lines on the belt or if the teeth marks are evident through to the smooth side of the belt I condemn it.
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I would probably want to do the full 100,000 service aswell as every single fluid(ie including diff's,trans,,brake,clutch etc) Its more likely the 150,000k service was skipped than the 100,000k so I would play safe and do both.

What would that cost these days Doug? 2k~?
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yeah as doug said, very easy to remove the coolant expansion tank & remove the passenger side timing belt cover to inspect the belt condition
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What would that cost these days Doug? 2k~?
The old schedule (pre 2006) had a service called interval 4. That was all fluids, spark plugs and cambelt. Well under $2k even worst case. The single cam engines are cheaper, turbo autos are dearer etc. Some have $5 spark plugs, some have $32 plugs etc. So the prices range from about $1200 to $1380 ish, but there is often the added cost of idler bearings, hoses, waterpump, pollen filter etc.
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Change it asap man..
And also , how did you manage to score a 03 wrx for that price? Its low km too... :-)
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