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BMW Roundel timing belt/water pump?

I have read on all the forums that you should replace the water pump when you replace the timing belt. A local garage in Chattanooga (bavarian-auto)said it isn't necessary on a BMW.
What is your opinion? If it's not necessary I can save the money. I have no previous records on service.
88 325IC
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Mike:

a lot of times they are just trying to make extra $$. In the event
that your water pump does go, its about the same amount of labor. The water pump usually fails from corrosion, so changing that coolant every two years will ensure long water pump life.

How many miles does your car have? If its up around a 100k and
you have to change the timing belt anyway. (good idea if you dont know the service history) might as well do the pump for piece of mind.
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I agree with Jeff, if already taking it out and you plan on keeping the car, go ahead. Inspect it when its out.
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thanks, all belts & water pump are being replaced today
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FWIW, I agree that you made the right call. I have done the timeing belt job myself twice and I replaced the pump also. It is a good amount of work to get to the belt. To replace the pump, you have to remove all of the same components. To save the hassle of going through it again, I think it is worth the extra 50 bucks for the pump. Alos, hopefully they replaced the belt tensioner when the belt was replaced. Same argument applies - not that much money for the part and you would hate to have it fail later.

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