Tatty '97 2.0 TS Cambelt etc - Dealer, DIY or chance it?
My P1 1997 2.0TS is a bit tatty (only bought it a couple of months back for £800 as a bit of fun after my last car was written off) and the servicing history (such as it is) shows no sign of cambelt replacement; there's 114k miles on the car.
It drives very well and goes like stink but there's the famous variator rattle on startup and it's still rattly at idle even after it's nice 'n warm.
Point is, dealer quotes for getting the belts, tensioners and variator done all start at around £500 and go up past the 1k mark "depending on what we find, guv". I know I can buy the bits for around £225 all found and I'm very handy with a set of spanners myself (I cut my teeth 30 years ago maintaining and servicing my 1974 Triumph 500cc motorbike, working up through various cars up to recently doing the camshaft, cylinder heads, water pump, tubular exhaust system, rear diff, brake discs and front wishbones on a 1995 Pontiac Firebird) so I've no real fear of DIY.
What's the general feeling - is it a DIY job that a competent mechanic could do in a day or two (are there any real "gotchas" I need to watch out for); OR, bearing in mind how much the car cost (which is probably a fair cost) is it woirth spending the same as I paid for the car on getting the belts etc done by a dealer; OR should I just cut my losses and run it until the inevitable happens?
Ta in advance