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1966 Crown Coupe, 2016 200 S AWD, 1962 Lark Daytona V8.
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The TSB (PCM flash) and seat airbag repair may be best handled by the dealer-only.
The timing belt/water pump/idler pulley replacement may be done by the dealer or at an independent shop. Some dealers try to keep cost competitive for things like timing belt service and consider it desirable 'gravy' work. There may be a set price for 3.5L timing belt maintenance that is reasonable.
The PCM flash is fairly easy and they only have to plug in the DRB III scan tool once for that and the airbag fault diagnosis. Remember that there is a chance that you still may need a fairly inexpensive O2 sensor if the fault code returns after this.
Ask for an estimate total and go from there. There will be a diagnostic charge (which is likely their minimum charge) and if the seat has to come out and apart it could get more expensive, especially if it is determined that the seat airbag assembly itself ($$$) is in need of replacement. We just don't know at this point.
Hopefully they may find just a bad airbag electrical connection in which case the charge would be mostly a reasonable labor time charge.
If you give the OK for the work, the diagnostic charge will go towards the bill.
I can't say yes or no. Determine the condition of the rest of the car and how well it has served you up until now. How much would it cost to replace? Would you sink up to $1000 or possibly more into it?
It is a low mileage, premium model and the wife seems happy with it. Talk over the positives or negatives with her and weigh the 'fix it or trade it' options open to you financially and otherwise for the next couple of months.
Many dealer new car sales are made when the service bill estimate to fix the old car get too high. A low-mileage premium 300m is still a nice car even if it needs fairly expensive work. At 10 years old, all repairs should be considered maintenance.
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