Back in 2002, I bought my mother a 2001 Mazda 626 4-cyl Auto with about 12k miles. Fast forward to today and it has 32k miles on it. Needless to say it sits a lot in the hot texas sun. When I bought it I already knew the transmission was weak in that model so the dealer added a transmission cooler under warranty.
Only basic maintenance has been done such as oil changes, transmission fluid flush, radiator flush, brake fluid flush and new tires a few years ago.
What should I look for? Timing belt, suspension components, steering? What are some big safety related items to take care of? I live out of the country and don’t see/drive the car very often but I’m planning a trip in a couple of weeks and want to take care of the car.