The downside of waiting is that, because the Honda engine is a so-called interference design, (very expensive to repair) damage to the valves and pistons can occur if the timing belt and/or tensioner fail. To be cynical, maybe that's what your mechanic is hoping for. It's also possible that he hasn't seen any timing belt or tensioner failures in under 105K miles (regardless of time), so he's trying to save you from replacing them "prematurely."Hello, quick question about my 2004 Pilot Ex.
We are now at 85,500 and the car is pushing 12 years old. The local independent Honda mechanic we have used the past few years is telling me to wait to do the timing belt, tensioner, and water pump maintenance until the suggested 105,000 miles. I'm wondering if I'm pushing my luck and should change things out now, or wait as the mechanic is suggesting?
How much longer do you plan to keep this vehicle and what would happen if you were suddenly faced with a $3-5K engine repair bill?
Thanks for the feedback! At least 2-5 years before likely upgrading to the next size up family car. Possibly a mini van of some sort. Yeah 3k-5k would be a heavy hit forsure, and I don't want to risk it. I found it interesting that everytime I brought up the timing belt swap our mechanic pushed back, and said there was no reason to worry until you are over 105,000. I'm leaning the direction or biting the bullet and having the work done so I'm not worried or caught off guard. We are planning on doing a 1000+ mile road trip here in a few weeks and I'd rather not have any big surprises! I really appreciate everyone's input!