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Old 10-02-2008, 12:04 PM   #18 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by 1337 View Post
...what should I replace/repair immediately after buying a Metro before trying to take it on a long trip?
If I bought a Metro, I'd immediately replace the alternator belt and timing belt. And I'd give it a Jiffy Lube/Grease monkey service.

I'd carry an extra timing belt, an alternator belt, a very modest set of metric tools, a screwdriver set, a quart of oil, a little antifreeze, windshield fluid, and a tire plug kit. I have a small basket I keep these in behind the rear seat. Make sure the spare has air in it and you have a working jack. When I bought my metro, the spare was completely flat - but holds air now just fine.
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