Here's the list of what they said wouldn't pass
Gas filler tube (they wanted $187 + labor for this. Aaargh!)
Sway bar bushings (they were fine, look exactly like the new ones, replaced anyways)
Both front struts (only one was bad, replaced both)
Both rear wheel cylinders (one was leaking, the other was new last year, replaced both)
Front right wheel bearing (concerned here, the vague noise is less, but still there)
Left rear rocker panel (saved $130 here. "Shop Supplies and Labor" not very definitive)
Wipers (yeah, they needed it... I told Karen to get a set a month ago...)
Total estimate for parts and labor was $1500. (anyone know a reasonable mechanic??? LOL)
By repairing the filler tube, buying very good used struts (pair) from the local salvage yard and the rest of the list from Auto Zone, I spent a total of $194.
By my math, I get to spend $1306 on tractor stuff.
Still needs front tires and an alignment after the front end parts, but that's doable. The tires are just at the wear bars and we were expecting to need them, so we told the garage not to even figure them in. We go elsewhere for tires. Maybe going elsewhere for inspection next time also.
Edited by MH81, October 27, 2011 - 10:51 AM.