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#1 (permalink) Old 12-27-2009, 07:37 PM
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Timing chain or belt?

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I'm about to buy v6 limited and was wondering if it has a timing chain or a belt? Thank you!
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Hi, 2GR-FE V6 has a timing chain. This was a deciding factor for us when we got our 2007. Most of Toyotas new engines have chains rather than belts.
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Yup. The 4-cylinders also have a chain nowadays too.

Speaking of which, my wife's '02 Highlander is going to need a timing belt change soon on her older 3.0L MZ-series V6. D'oh.

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Speaking of which, my wife's '02 Highlander is going to need a timing belt change soon on her older 3.0L MZ-series V6. D'oh.
My wifey's Lexus has the same 3.0 engine and we had the rubber belt changed out as required. Her 3.0 runs like a top. But, boy can we tell the difference between her 230 hp in a heavier RX300 versus the 269hp in my lighter RAV. She's got over 170k on the clock and refuses to trade it in for something new. From our experience there is nothing wrong with a rubber timing belt, as long as you change them acccording to schedule. I have personally replaced a few timing chains on my old Chevys to know that metal chains can stretch and break, too, but are much less prone to breaking.

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Yeah there's nothing wrong with rubber belts, other than needing periodic replacement every 80-100k miles to the tune of $700+ on an OHC V-engine. It's much less big of a deal on an Inline engine. Consumers have wised up to this and strongly prefer "lifetime" chains. Especially used, you don't have to wonder if the previous owner replaced the timing belt or not, and if the particular engine in your car will grenade itself if it snaps. Most engines nowadays do seem to be interference types which will grenade if that belt snaps.

My wife won't sell her Highlander either. Too attached to it, but I keep telling her if she wants to get something else to do it now. It has like 87k miles on it. No dealership will touch a car with over 100k around here (they lowball big time) so we'd have to privately sell it, which neither of us have time to do.

That 3.0 has power. It's just too locked down in the overly conservative shift mapping on the RX/HL. If you want anything more than 3000 rpm you pretty much have to floor it, and that throttle pedal spring is mighty stiff. The RAV is the exact opposite and has more power and gives you 4000 to 5000rpm easily even if you don't want it. I've driven the Highlander around town (solo) with that puppy locked down in "2", and yes it does move! :P

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Thank you all for responding. It's good to know that RAV has a chain. I had bad experiences with rubber belts in the past: snapped twice on me due to defective belt. Luckily the engine was non-interference and I didn't have to replace it.
On a separate note, what do you guys think, is $28.5K for a Limited 4x4 with optional package 1 (leather seats, upgraded radio, etc) and tow prep. a good price or should I try negotiate it down?
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No idea on price, but which cars did you have the snapped timing belts on? VW by any chance?
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No idea on price, but which cars did you have the snapped timing belts on? VW by any chance?
I knew two people with early 90's Acura's that had belts snap and lunch their engines. But they were also the types that completley ignored maintenance schedules. Duh?!

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My old vehicle was Chrysler with Mitsubishi engine...
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ALWAYS negotiate the price. There are many many places online where you can find what the dealer paid and go from there. Negotiate from invoice not down from MSRP. Some dealers are willing to wheel and deal some are not.

Where I live one dealer is 30 miles away and the other is 55 miles away. They still fought each other to get the deal. The closest one made the best offer.

If you live in an area where there are many 'Yota dealers and one doesn't want to work with you then get up and leave......go elsewhere.

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