Since she was going under the knife I asked to have them check the increasingly *loud* rattles and thunks coming from the rear end any time I hit a bump. It has been getting worse, and is loud enough that people riding with me have commented on it. They replace the 'Link Trac', whatever that shorthand means, and she isn't thunking anymore. I'd also noticed the tracking has been a little loose lately - they reported both front lower control arms had way too much play, so those were replaced. I haven't had her on the highway yet, so we'll see. I suspect both of these are due to living on one of the worst roads in Worcester - it was bad when I moved in in June 2002, and it hasn't been *patched*, let alone paved, since then. So it is starting to become one big pothole in places. There are some *huge* frost heaves from the past two winters, and in places large junks of asphalt are just plain gone, so there are some mud pits at times. Yay, Worcester roads. Even trying to go very slow it beats the shit out of the suspension. And, as anyone around here knows, Worcester roads in general aren't the best. Around town I've nailed more than one pothole head on because I couldn't avoid it in time. A couple of times it was bad enough that I swore I must've blow the tire or bent my rim - but not yet.
There have been a couple of times I thought I might be leaking something, but could never be sure. I thought I might have a coolant leak because the reservoir has slowly drained - but then I couldn't be sure it wasn't just evaporation over time or something. Well, there was a leak on the thermostat. They thought it might be that and the pump, but fortunately replacing the thermostat fixed it, so the pump is OK.
And a couple of belts were replaced. But that was comparatively minor.
At least I get air miles.