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It is a non-interference engine, that is if the timing belt slips or fails it won't wreck the engine, if they told you otherwise go get your car. If funds were an issue you should have found a trusted mom and pop shop to take it to, I couldn't imagine taking a 19 year old car to a dealer for work. You could possibly have found a shop that would let you participate in the repair saving you some bucks and teaching you some mechanic skills. I used to have one in Jacksonville, FL that was like that, there I would send my son and daughter with their vehicles, it was usually a great learning experience.
Gator '99, SXA11L-AWMGKA, 5-speed, 4x4, 5 door, LHD, OME lift + 30mm front, 235-75-16 A/T tires, brush guard, double din stereo, gauges, 145 amp alternator, oil filter relocation, grounding mod, painted engine, tranny, and differential, full undercoat, sound deadened, replaced differential seals upgrade tranny cooler lines, louder horns; fuel, brake, cooling, suspension systems all rebuilt...