Especially those of you who have changed the timing belt yourselves, Would you let a decent independant mechanic change your timing belt, or would you only trust this to a dealership?
Why I'm asking: I have had 2 timing belts changed in my life, both by dealerships one good, one not.
After a timing belt change in my 1986 Nissan Maxima (done by a Nissan dealer in 1991) the engine would no longer run on regular gas, it would ping unless premium was used. I attribute this (possibly wrong) to the timing belt being off one notch, perhaps on the crank, perhaps in one of the cylinder banks.
My 1995 Toyota Avalon's timing belt was done at a Toyota dealer without incident.