We’re preventative maintenance people. When we got our 2000 as the third owners, we went through the receipts that we could find. Preferring to nip any potential problems in the bud, we flushed and changed the transmission filter. They found that the wrong pan had been put on at some point in the past, and put on incorrectly to boot.
Probably saved ourselves hundred$ if not thousand$ including breakdown costs etc.
We also changed out the rad hoses, heater hoses, shocks, brakes, tires (aged out and worn) and numerous other things.
Starting at “zero” unknown is peace of mind for us...
We also created a spreadsheet of all available receipts and entered them chronologically and now we can anticipate future maintenance requirements with some degree of confidence.
Our advice would be to spend small now instead of spending large later. Knowing what you have gives you great peace of mind. Maintenance documentation also slightly adds to resale value down the road.
Cheers! Safe travels!
DJ & BJ