My daughter & her husband live and work about 4 hours away from us and recently came up for a visit. She had bought a well used 97 Honda Civic last month. The seller (a dealer) alleged no idea when the timing belt was last replaced. (Daughter knows about interference and non-interference engines). I let her borrow our 92LX so she could go to work, while I replaced the Honda timing belt. They are still paying off student loans, and would not have had the $$$ to replace the belt anytime soon. I had a manual for a 2001 Civic, which was close enough. I dont really enjoy working in near freezing temps, nor in snow or slush, but that is what thrifty dads get to do. I replaced the t-belt, tensioner, water pump, and a few other minor things. I presume the seller had detailed the car, which was still clean everywhere you could see, but under the bell housing oil from the original rear main seal allowed a slow leak. I also found the self-adjusters on the rear drum brakes were stuck: But due to time constraints, will take care of that work later in the spring – via another car-for-car swap. The rear brakes and handbrake operation will have to be fixed before the next safety inspect in August. What do people do who work in restaurants but dont have a relative who can keep their car running and safe for a 20 mile commute?