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So, the other day I'm off to work. It's 10 of 11 and I just pull out of Dunkin Donuts. I got my coffee, I'm driving, I start to merge onto 81 South to go to work. Well, I totally didn't notice that I was in 2nd. Oops... aw, crap! It bounced off the rev limiter a few times when getting on the highway before I really noticed. Hm... Everything seems ok... Wait, what's this? My steering... it's getting hard to steer... and the lights are getting dim. Oh, God dammit! What is this? Like I need this right now. ****! Wait... there we go. Again... everything seems fine. Until a little while later down the road I notice my temperature gauge, which is usually stuck somewhere on the colder side is now damn near pegged in the red. The car has 170K on it. Believe me when I tell you the car still runs as strong as it ever did. It was babied. And all the miles are highway. Now, aside from my over-elaborate story... I need some help. I was quoted a few prices on a new unit + labor. This is NOT something I can or will tackle myself. I don't have the tools, nor the patience to work on cars. At least not this one. I was quoted @ Firestone of about $700. Another place quoted me $370 + tax and they're a radiator garage. A guy my Mother knows said he could knock off about $200 from the $370, now that sounds shady as hell to me. Is there any options I could explore, maybe find a unit here and just have someone install it? The car has been sitting a few days now. I can't afford to fix it. I hate cars...