Doing some more research, I found that these engines have the water pump (internally) underneath the timing cover...not exactly the best place for access on replacement, & it's driven by the timing chain. As I understand it, it's at least a $1,800 job to have it done, and perhaps far more if they have to pull the engine for its replacement. (cringe)
Those of you with a good working history of these engines...what do you think is the typical lifespan of the waterpump, ie in a properly maintained cooling system such as this? I definitely would have a proper garage or dealership with a quality shop replace it as my days of that stuff are well over... Thanks in advance. I'm chagrined about this revelation, but not enough to deflect my interest from the Continental.
Edited by 1BlinkGone, 02 May 2017 - 03:30 AM.