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Check the Intake Manifold Cover by starting the engine and letting the idle settle, then pull out the engine oil dipstick, if there is a change in the idle and a slurping sort of noise from the dipstick tube, then you'll need to attend to that. (Not a huge job, but something that needs to be done). If it is slow to develop power (poarticularly when cold) then the MAF is possibly suspect as well (not a big job to change), you can test the MAF further by disconnecting it and seeing if the performance improves with it disconnected.
If you've got time and some basic tools, pull the spark plug cover off and check if there is oil around the plugs which indicates a leaking seal.
None of these things are fatal, but they are all repairs that cost money.
Remove the oil filler cover and look in around the chain and internals that you can see through that opening to see if its nice and clean or coated in the black sludge indicating a poor history of oil changes.
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