So far I have 245K miles on a '95 corolla. It’s needed a timing belt, water pump, spark plugs, brakes (done once each front and back) and alternator and a couple of batteries. I do change the oil, trans fluid and coolant regularly.
Is there any way to tell how long it is going to last? So far so good, 35mpg, still very smooth. Do head gaskets and things like that just “blow” at some point? Thinking of putting another $500 or so for another timing belt, but I don’t want to if the car will die in a year or two.
Also the car burns about 1 qt every 1000 to 1500 miles, not sure why that is. I don’t see any smoke on start up at all or underneath the car. Valve guide seals possibly? How much would that cost, is it worth it? Also the book says to “adjust the valves” or inpsect them every 60K miles, but wouldn’t that be very expensive to take the “head” off?