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This sort of goes under "as long as your there ....."

First replace the PCV Valve, it will take some stress off the seals.

Since this engine is strange to you (the car), you should do a complete belt change to have piece of mind.

Timing Belt
Water Pump
Cam Seals
Main Seal
re-seal the oil pump
Timing Belt
Tensioner
Idlers
Accessory drive belts.

Do all that and you wont have to touch anything for a 105,000 miles, or if it is a 60,000 mile interval (not sure where you are) only the belt will have to be changed next interval as the other parts can go till 105,000 miles OR 120,000 miles (60,000 mile interval).
 

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Well you have to remove a lot of stuff to get to the cam seals. That stuff is the same stuff you have to remove to get to everything else.

Anything over 120,000 miles on it will not last another 120, let alone 60. You can buy the parts yourself and let the mecahnic install them. Failure of the idlers can cost you a very expensive valve job. Failure of the water pump can do the same, but at the very least would be another labor charge (same as the cam seals). If the cam seals are leaking, the other seals will nt be far behind.

The entire job is cheaper then doing it twice or replacing the engine.
 
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