I have a 2008 Solara V6 Convertible with 48K miles. Whenever I take my car for a oil change to the Toyota dealership they recommend that I change my timing belt and transmission oil. Any suggestion?

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Asked by Dec 21, 2016 at 02:50 PM about the 2008 Toyota Camry Solara SLE Convertible

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I have a Toyota Solara 2008 with 48K miles. Runs great no issues. But whenever I take my car for oil change to the dealership, they recommend that I change timing belt and transmission belt even though it is recommended to do so at 100K. The technician says 8 years or 100K, whichever comes first. Is the technician right or trying to sell their services ?

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185,775

From what I have been reading it is between 6 to 8 years depending on how much sitting it does, the more it sits the greater the chance of the belt breaking early, so really they are looking out for you on this belt issue. as far as the tranny service issue I have never let any or mine go past 30000 before a filter and fluid change, so by now you should have already had one and due for another at 60000, I might also add that I have never had a transmission fail due to lack of service it has always been something inherently wrong like a weak snap ring or solenoids. failing

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235,635

Dealerships count on people being ignorant and gullible. That you know what the correct service intervals are is good. Just use that information to deflect their salesmanship. Unless they can provide you with real evidence that something is failing early I would tell them to pound sand. Personally I would recommend staying away from dealers and finding a good independent shop instead.

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185,775

Well said Regrets.

235,635

Thanks Tennis.

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Thanks for the advise. I wish I had seen this sooner. I called the Toyota head office and they told me to follow the dealership recommendations and passed on the buck. Since my Solara had Interference engine type, I decided to replace the timing belt to be on the safe side. It was more like buying an insurance.

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