Hello everyone, I have a 1995 Corolla with 216k miles on it and I would like it to last as long as possible. The car isn't worth a whole lot anymore so I plan to keep it to drive to and from work for as long as it will run.
The question I have is what should I do to make that happen? I haven't been the best owner in the world, mostly I only do oil changes, air filter a couple times, tires, and breaks but haven't done anything else (unless it breaks). My parents bought the car back in 1997 with 121,879 miles on it, since they didn't know if the timing belt had been replaced the dealership agreed to replace it before they bought it. My parents gave me the car when I went off to college in 2001. I can not remember how many miles it had then. I have a receipt from Costco from when the tires were last replaced in 2005 with 196,991 miles, so I have put at least I would say 40k-50k on it personally. I don't believe they did anything other than oil changes either.
Things that have been replaced: Alternator, struts, belts (not timing), and one wheel bearing. All but the struts were recent (within the last year).
I'm having a little trouble reading the owner's manual (I'm completely car illiterate ...). It only goes up to 60,000 miles but says how often things should be done in months.
For example on oil it says every 12 months, if I look back on the chart it has 7.5k miles under 12 months, am I correct to assume I only need to change the oil ever 7.5k miles (or once a year) instead of 3k miles / 3 months like the reminder stickers say?
As for the rest of it, can you all give me an idea of what I should do, or what's not really important. If I should do it, is it easily done myself (remember ... car illiterate here). I would consider say changing the spark plugs to be easy, since you don't really have to take anything apart to get to them. The alternator, however, while probably easy to most people I would consider to be hard since it's not so easy to get to, and have to mess with the belts.
Fuel tank cap gasket every 60k miles? (I never even heard of this...)
Spark plugs every 30k miles?
What about the other fluids? I didn't see mention of it in the chart like break fluid, power steering fluid, and transmission fluid.
I had a coupon once for an oil change at the dealership for $20, they said the spark plugs, spark plug wires, distributor cap, and rotor should all be replaced. As far as I know, the car is running fine (currently). There are no odd noises and drives smooth.
One last question here, the paint is starting to go, it looks like it is changing color (maybe rusting?) and the clear coat is pretty much gone. Is it worth getting the car repainted? That's ~$1000 if you don't go with the cheapest stuff available, and that's more than the car is worth on the market.