Don't know why you are so closely identifying with Honda that my complaints against the company seem to be taken personally by you. I have never doubted that you or John or really, anyone else, is giving anything but your considered opinion and best advice. But you ain't Honda, who should be addressing it in a better fashion than "Trust our absolutely flawless maintenance reminder system." Speaking of flying, have you heard of MCAS? I'll bet Boeing put a lot more development hours into MCAS than Honda put into the maintenance reminder system. Just sayin'.I'm on my 10th Honda (not including the 10 I bought for a corp fleet once) and Mr Clark is a master mechanic who flys jets. I think you could trust us. We have no reason to try and fool you.
Actually the water pumps do not go bad. Some dealers don't even change them. What does go bad is the tensioner. It must be replaced with that service. (although the water pump usually gets changed as well. That is why the coolant gets replaced then instead of the 120k the schedule calls for.
I have not seen a Honda water pump leak or go bad since the 80's.Well, they should only be replaced with OEM or an Aisin one. If your original failed I think it was a one off. I might also have misspoke, because there used to be some dealers that didn't change them. But they always get changed now.
Aisin water pumps (also used on Toyotas) usually last past the second timing belt change. They are generally 200k+ mile parts. I still replace them at every belt change anyway, along with the thermostat.I have not seen a Honda water pump leak or go bad since the 80's.
When you are installing a new timing belt, all the labor cost to open the front end has been included. The cost of replacing a water pump is just the cost of the pump and may be labor cost of undo and redo the pump mounting bolts. It is a no-brainer.I had asked a dealership near me last year about their timing belt package, and they also said they don't include a water pump in the service, as they found that the pump will easily last until the next 105,000 service. Every other dealer I contacted did include the water pump, however.