£1.8k for cam belt change. Time to change car????

I have a 2012 ford focus Ecoboost with 56k on the clock. I've owned since new, purchased cash. It's starting to get smaller age related repairs over the past three years probably around £400 a year. 

The cam belt is due a change and I have been quoted between £1.5k and £1.8k due to it being an Ecoboost. The car is only worth about £2.5k so it's a huge investment. I'm half thinking about just risking it and if the engine blows dumping the car for scrap. 

I'm now not in a position to buy a new car cash. But there are some incredible leasing deals out there. Yes I don't own the car but if I buy a car I'm effectively throwing money down the drain. And even cars which are 18 months old cost a bomb and there are not many about. 

What do people think 


  • Stubod
    Stubod Posts: 2,131
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    ..part exchange it or sell it to WBAC (or similar)??
    .."It's everybody's fault but mine...."
  • fatbelly
    fatbelly Posts: 20,201
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    Are you doing this for the second time with a 6-year gap? Or is the belt now 11 years old?

    There are some firms who specialise in this job as it is labour intensive and needs special tools. The Ford Owners Club may be able to help

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  • sevenhills
    sevenhills Posts: 5,792
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    Here at Palmers Garage, we not only take on the cambelt replacement BUT we will carry out a more comprehensive repair than many others. Will replace your vehicle’s timing belt and water pump, including the oil pump drive belt, engine oil, and filter change (see images below), fitting genuine Ford parts, for just £995.00 including VAT, a huge saving on dealer prices! No surprise our workshops are receiving an increasing number of bookings and enquiries from customers both local and further afield which have enabled us to gain a huge amount of experience enabling us to carry out most replacements within 1 working day.

    To make a booking or ask about your vehicle’s cambelt contact our service team on 01395 270008 or use the form on this page.

    This is in Exmouth, maybe you are close or could find a similar garage closer?


  • 400ixl
    400ixl Posts: 2,613
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    Is it an Ecoboost engine with the wet belt?

    If it is then I wouldn't risk it going to the scheduled replacement let alone beyond it.
  • fatbelly
    fatbelly Posts: 20,201
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    At 11 years it's alredy overdue.

    Op. Have yourself a short break in Exmouth if you can't find better, locally


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