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    Timing Belt Replacement

    Anybody know a mechanic in or around the New York City area that can do the timing belt job on a 2000 Catera Sport? I have all the parts associated with the replacement and I just need a mechanic who can do the job and has the correct tools for it, thanks!

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    Re: Timing Belt Replacement

    Don't know who, but any shop that repairs Saabs or Saturns should be able to handle it. Both companies were owned by GM and used the L81 V6 just like the Catera.

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    Re: Timing Belt Replacement

    I forgot about that, thanks for the memory jab Elvin. I know two Saab shops in manhattan, maybe they can help.

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    Re: Timing Belt Replacement

    Why the hell did I just call one shop and they want double the labor rate because I brought my own parts? is that shit even legal!!??

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    Re: Timing Belt Replacement

    I have run into the same problem.. ppl trying to charge double the labor time!!!

    I live in rochester NY and found one place that quoted me $670 to do the job. t/b w/p and tentioners and pullies. I had a lot refuse to do it.
    Im lucky my warranty will cover 3.5 hr labor (book time to do the job) plus $60 toward w/p and t/b but I am shoping around. I have found that ppl try to rip you off cause not many want to work on the car, and think they are the shit. I had a cadillac teck that runs his own shop want $1800 to do the job!!! and he had a catera and knew how to do it.
    I have found one guy that will do the work... and waiting for return calls from 2 others. and had 3 deny doing it altogether.

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    Re: Timing Belt Replacement

    Quote Originally Posted by hgqguy View Post
    I have run into the same problem.. ppl trying to charge double the labor time!!!

    I live in rochester NY and found one place that quoted me $670 to do the job. t/b w/p and tentioners and pullies. I had a lot refuse to do it.
    Im lucky my warranty will cover 3.5 hr labor (book time to do the job) plus $60 toward w/p and t/b but I am shoping around. I have found that ppl try to rip you off cause not many want to work on the car, and think they are the shit. I had a cadillac teck that runs his own shop want $1800 to do the job!!! and he had a catera and knew how to do it.
    I have found one guy that will do the work... and waiting for return calls from 2 others. and had 3 deny doing it altogether.
    For a person who has done it once it is about two hour job with the tools and the timing kit.

    I did my car and am no mechanic but it took me a bit longer than that.

    Cheers.

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    Re: Timing Belt Replacement

    Quote Originally Posted by AL Cool Dates View Post
    Why the hell did I just call one shop and they want double the labor rate because I brought my own parts? is that shit even legal!!??
    Yes it is legal plus you won't get a warranty. Think about it though. It cuts into their profit on a job if you supply your own parts so they have to charge more for labor. Nobody takes their own food to a restaurant for them to cook.

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    Re: Timing Belt Replacement

    Quote Originally Posted by Hemi_Tom View Post
    Yes it is legal plus you won't get a warranty. Think about it though. It cuts into their profit on a job if you supply your own parts so they have to charge more for labor. Nobody takes their own food to a restaurant for them to cook.
    Absolutely great point.

    I believe it will be considered reasonably priced in the range of ($800 - $1100) with the installer supplied genuine GM complete kit, water pump, sepentine belt, auxiliary belt tensioner and additional gaskets and coolant fill up as needed.

    Just my 2 cents

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    Re: Timing Belt Replacement

    thanks usedcat. I agree about the taking own parts. I have had to find my own parts that the shop was unable to locate, and I have a waterpump, but for the few extra dollars its worth it to just have them provide the parts and do the job, then its all on the shop. I was satisfied with the $675 quote, im just shopping around a lil bit. My car has misfires, and somone said if the timing belt is slipping that may be some of the misfires... so I figure thats the last step. new plugs and ignition coil... only one coil unchanged thusfar.. and my w/p leaks.. so its getting the t/b wet.. so preventative work. I highly recomend buying a warranty with your catera if available. I paid $1300 for mine and its has paid out $450 in the first yr, plus will pay around $300 when I do the w/p so it has been a help! I got a cars protection plus warranty. i may see if they will allow me to extend to 4 yrs cause I only bought it for 2 yrs and Im 13 months into it.

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    Re: Timing Belt Replacement

    Quote Originally Posted by hgqguy View Post
    thanks usedcat. I agree about the taking own parts. I have had to find my own parts that the shop was unable to locate, and I have a waterpump, but for the few extra dollars its worth it to just have them provide the parts and do the job, then its all on the shop. I was satisfied with the $675 quote, im just shopping around a lil bit. My car has misfires, and somone said if the timing belt is slipping that may be some of the misfires... so I figure thats the last step. new plugs and ignition coil... only one coil unchanged thusfar.. and my w/p leaks.. so its getting the t/b wet.. so preventative work. I highly recomend buying a warranty with your catera if available. I paid $1300 for mine and its has paid out $450 in the first yr, plus will pay around $300 when I do the w/p so it has been a help! I got a cars protection plus warranty. i may see if they will allow me to extend to 4 yrs cause I only bought it for 2 yrs and Im 13 months into it.
    Just for chuckles this is how reasonable this car is supposed to be (UK) versus North America,

    V6 Cambelts, tensioners and water pump replaced £225 including parts or supply your own £100 fitted

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    1 British pound = 1.6157 U.S. dollars

    So these guys with great reputation and experience will change the cambelt with parts for $363.53US and with your parts for $161.57.

    See the following thread and read Elite Pete poster's comments,

    http://www.omegaowners.com/forum/YaB...89157588/15#15

    It is a wonderful site and the Catera is Vauxhall Omega with engine code X30XE.


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    Re: Timing Belt Replacement

    Quote Originally Posted by Hemi_Tom View Post
    Yes it is legal plus you won't get a warranty. Think about it though. It cuts into their profit on a job if you supply your own parts so they have to charge more for labor. Nobody takes their own food to a restaurant for them to cook.
    What? no disrespect to your opinion and I agree about your statement about the warranty but **** out of here on the parts, a majority of these mechaincs out here do not have the parts for our Cateras and the shops I went to got quotes from the parts from Cadillac themselves. Cadillac is already unsupportive of our cars and rip us at every corner and now I'm suppose to pay a mechanic extra for a part Cadillac is already charging high prices for, no thanks buddy.

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    Re: Timing Belt Replacement

    Quote Originally Posted by USEDCAT View Post
    Absolutely great point.

    I believe it will be considered reasonably priced in the range of ($800 - $1100) with the installer supplied genuine GM complete kit, water pump, sepentine belt, auxiliary belt tensioner and additional gaskets and coolant fill up as needed.

    Just my 2 cents
    Well i found somebody who is doing it for $450 labor, if you add about $300 (got everything you mentioned and gave the mechanic two bottles of coolant) in parts I spent at Rock auto then the grand total is $750. Had my usual mechanic had the Crankshaft wrench and kit then the labor would have been $350.

    I'm sorry but I can't justify paying someone double the labor on a ten year old car under no circumstances.

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