I am thinking of going to a mechanic and having the timing belt and fan belt replaced. Someone on the GQ board also recommended the water pump and timing belt tensioner. However due to the low labor charges getting a new water pump may be unnecessary for me (they only recommended it due to potential double labor charges). What else should i have routinenly fixed, looked at or replaced at 100k miles? It is a 199 2.5L 4-cylinder ford ranger and I bought it because alot of reviews said it was mechanically reliable and low maintenance. I found a good mechanic who only charges $25/hr and who only charges face value for parts, and he will let you bring in your own parts if you want. So i can get work done pretty cheaply.
Keep in mind my main concern isn’t cosmetic upgrades, and upgrades that make the car run ‘smoother’ aren’t that important either. I’m mainly concerned with just replacing parts that if they break could leave me stranded or that would do hundreds to thousands in damage if they aren’t replaced.