I'm of the opinion that everything designed and built into the car should remain a working element of the car. If you disconnect the pump you will diffenantly continue to smell that gas odor during cold start. I got my rebuilt pump from CVJ Axle, Inc. in Denver,CO. They warantee their rebuild for three years and I thought their price was fair $290.- . And most importantly they do a very nice rebuild. Your right though a new pump lists for a little under a grand!!