The aforementioned automobile repairs are going to cost in the vicinity of $750. I was seriously hoping for about a $200 fix, and I even went to the bank to apply for a loan to buy a newer car to no avail.
Bummed out, pissed off but still better off than we were a few years ago, that's for certain. Still looking at possibilities for getting a newer car but only time will tell now. We pretty much have to fix the old one, whether we keep it, sell it or anything.