It's a sign of how well off we are right now that while I'm not thrilled with shelling out $1200, I'm also not facing the choice of repairing the car or paying the mortgage and food. Given how much we've driven that vehicle, it's not surprising that we have to put money back into it periodically, Better now in a controlled, non-crisis situation than in a critical breakdown on a deserted road in the Nevada desert in mid-summer.
When the fellow from Big O said he might possibly have it done by the end of the day tomorrow, I told him to not hurry. I don't need the van back immediately, after all. The RV isn't much of a runabout (and gets only about half the mileage of the Astro), but it will do in a pinch.