On 1996 & later models, inspect every 30,000 miles or 24 months, replace every 60,000 miles or 48 months, inspect again at 90,000 miles or 72 months, replace again at 120,000 miles or 96 months & so on.
** NOTE ** your engine is what's refered to as an "interference engine", which means the valves and pistons occupy the same space (at obviously different times) at some given time. If the timing belt breaks in your car you WILL most likely have valve damage, which means it will be EXPENSIVE to fix.
I would ask friends or co-workers for references for a good mechanic as "Cheaper" isn't really what you want. Inexpensive and GOOD is more inline with what you really want to find.
If no one has recommendations, call around and get quotes on the phone.
Hope this helps
Thursday, April 6th, 2006 AT 1:06 AM