But not nearly as expensive as, say, a new engine. Or transmission.
And it isn't as if these things are optional. If I chose not to get these replaced I would have a heck of a time selling the car or trading it in, doing anything other than driving it into the ground and letting it die. That's surely an option, but I decided against it.
It's only money. That's the other thing. It's a little worrisome but it isn't the end of the world. When something can be fixed with money it's not that huge of a problem, is my view. Not in the larger sense of what a problem is.
So I am a little distressed that I am not going to be as comfortable financially this month as I'd hoped, but wow! I can actually pay for these repairs. Doesn't leave a whole lot in reserve but I'm going to be okay. I'm going to try to stay away from my limited savings, use what else I have, so that can continue to grow at its admittedly slow rate.