Autostick is pretty low on my priority list right now - I have a hard time justifying spending money on something that works fine for my needs. Once I have more in the way of free time/disposable income, though...
Well, I got the heat shield done. I used a plastic garbage can I bought at Wal-Mart, which I will patch up and use for recycling! Overall, I think it's a bit nicer looking than the bungee cord, and the car sounds much happier, too!
In the next couple of weeks she'll be going in for new struts and a thorough checkup before I head back to school next month!
Just got back from the shop! New rear struts and a freshly serviced transmission are now mine to enjoy!
My mechanic told me afterward that one of the bolts holding the strut on broke off during removal, and he had to use a cutting torch to liberate it. I've noticed that this car seems to have cemented itself together quite thoroughly. I had to use a hacksaw the last time I changed the license plate bulb.