Yes it has a timing belt and you should change it. Generally you should change every 60K miles, but due to its age, I would replace ASAP.
It is a non-interference engine, but a belt that breaks at speed can still cause damage e.G. It could wrap around the lower pulley and break it.
Another thing to consider is that if breaks and causes no damage, you are still going to have to have it towed to a garage.
Shop around local garages and get some prices, I would guess under $250.
Have the trans. Fluid level checked as well as the differential. Have the CV joints inspected for leaks. Have the cooling system checked for leaks and the condition of the fluid. Have the coolant hoses checked for cracks.
Inspect the brakes (pads, rotors, calipers) for wear.
You could probably do most of the above yourself.
Point is you want to find potential problems before they become big problems.
Even though it is low mileage, age plays a major factor in maint.
Non-interference means that the valves would not come in contact with the pistons (if fully open) and the belt breaks, but as I mentioned, you would still be stranded and it could cause other damage (such as pulley).
Sunday, August 3rd, 2008 AT 8:42 AM