The transmission fluid, differential fluid, power steering fluid need to be changed if it has not been up to this point.
Timing belt unless you have not noticed any heavy hesitation under acceleration.
Ball joints, CV joints need to be greased.
Shocks/struts, leaf springs (if equipped) should be checked. Leaf springs could probably use some lubrication oil on the bearings.
If you have any oil leaks then most likely the front or rear seals are going out.
That should cover the basics. A timing belt can be rather tricky on foreign cars and should be left to someone who knows the proceedure, has the tools and can perform a quality repair. A transaxle typically only has a 75W-90 gear oil so it should be fairly straightforward as long as you know the proceedure, have a good jack and set of sturdy jackstands. Greasing the chasis is very easy and should be done fairly often; however, it is by far the most neglected thing on the vehicle. It is important to know how much to grease a joint as to not tear through the seal. Shocks and struts are easy to examine but can be difficult to replace. Again have quality lifting equipment before going underneath the car. It is very important to note bolt torque otherwise a daily drive can end up as a catastrophy if a strut comes loose.
Sunday, August 10th, 2008 AT 11:12 PM