i'm buying this from my brother's father in law. this is his mechanic, a munro muffler shop. i was surprised they would do a top half rebuild. he said the timing belt had been changed previously and said it was a napa belt, which makes me think he did not change it. the father in law did say he has been taking his cars to this guy for ten years and trusts him but father inlaw is 78 years old.
car driven by fil's grand daughter past 6 years until she got a new car. to prepare for sale, 6 weeks ago fil had the following work done. 4 new tires, brakes all around and new front rotors, wheel alignment, new battery, tranny flush. then car sat for 6 weeks while fil looked for buyer. i agreed to purchase sight unseen for $3k. great deal i figured. the day before i was to make the 2.5 hour drive to pick up car, mechanic tried to move car from rear lot to the front for me to pick up. it would not start. later, fil told me about chain and rebuild. allegedly, mechanic is giving him a break from $1900 to $1200. of that, i have to pick up $500, bringing my buying price up to $3500. car is pretty clean from the few pics i got. also black, my fave.
now i'm getting a little nervous and called mechanic directly. he explained about chain and all recent work done so i decided to proceed with purchase.