I am happy to report that most of my car issues are now all set. Of course there was some excitement - I brought the car in for a full checkup. The mechanic said the exhaust might need to be replaced in a year or so. Literally a week later it fell right off the car! Sheesh. So he welded it back on.
Now there's a squeak in the front supports. So hopefully once I get *that* fixed, it'll be set!