Thank you all for this great info. The drive-train is 4-speed manual and don’t worry I’m really easy on the accelerator and brake as I have the same issue with my 2005 RAV4 (which is also a Great car!)
Ringo I would be grateful for the Duraspark info and Pink MG I intennd to check out Royal Purple (sounds like something bees feed to their Queen!!)
Otherwise the remainder of your suggestions make a lot of sense and have booked some time with a friend and my local garage to get them all done, putting in a roll-bar at the same time so I can install 3-point seat belts and then do the Chuckanut Drive down in Washington State in the spring.
Happy Driving Guys