Took the Heep in for an oil change, radiator flush and fill, and transmission flush and fill in preparation for the journey west in a few weeks.
Mechanic made mention that the front drive shaft is buggered up and needs replaced, to the tune of about $1000 (parts and labor).
Now, before you get your panties in a twist, this is a shop for whom we do the IT work, and the owner and our owner are business friends (I even get a discount on work done there), and I trust that they wouldn't fleece me for work that doesn't need done.
Damn, the money in my bank account is going faster than I can replace it. Guess I'm going to be dipping into savings AGAIN.
Time to tighten the budget belt a notch. Might have to drink cheap beer instead of my preferred craft beer.