Got the car back from the mechanic. Total bill was $307.31 after tax for the thermostat, radiator hose, coolant, labor, and an oil change. He said he test drove it and the problem was fixed, so I'm feeling okay with what I paid.
As far as the other issues go, I was told the following:
-Timing Belt: Looks like it was done around 100,000 mile mark. Will need a new one soon though (currently at 170,000). He said the cams are leaking. Total quote for all of that looks to be roughly $1,000.
-Right front Half Shaft (CV Boot) plus labor would be about $300 after tax.
- Steering rack with labor and alignment would be another $800 after labor and tax.
What I'm for the car so far:
$3,400 + $300 taxes. Registration good for another two months.
$300 for oil change, thermostat, and radiator hose.
So that's $4,000 total. I'm going to try and make it to Costco tonight for tires. I was quoted $411 installed for the cheapest set, but will probably go up a notch for my piece of mind. That'll be another $500, bringing me up to $4,500 total.
It also needs new wiper blades, reverse lights, fog lights, and brights. So That'll be another $100.00.
I'll eventually get her completely put back together. Looking to commission in the Navy soon. So I'll drive this into the ground and then hopefully be able to finance something decent. (WRX).