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I did this about a week ago. Except, I snapped 3/3 thermostat housing bolts.
Just replace the water pump. It's the easiest option.
To get to the rear bolt, you'll have to pull the water pump anyway. And I /still/ haven't managed to get the thermostat out of the old water pump... not that I've tried that hard.
I was going to replace the thermostat, snapped 3/3, gave up, and replaced:
- Water pump
- Thermostat housing (seriously, don't reuse the old one, it's going to leak)
- Upper & lower radiator hoses
- Serpentine belt
While you're in there, may as well refresh the front end. It's maybe $300 or $400 in parts, total (I had to pick up some tools, so it was around $400 for me, your cost may vary depending on what you have).
15 lb*ft on the water pump bolts! The manual is WRONG!