though, I should make note that this is not an emergency action. When we had the starter replaced (and the oil leaks repaired) last week, the service station did an exam of the car while they had it, and found that the timing belt was worn and cracked. Though not threatening an immediate failure, it was still likely to fail sometime in the next 6 months to a year. That isn’t really surprising, on a car that is almost 19 years old. So, we went and filed our taxes, and we’re applying the tax refund to getting the work done, using the credit card to cover the bill until the refund arrives.
Ironically, the car will now be more reliable than it was when we bought it.