To Steve in FL.
I am trying not to be too hardheaded about this, although I will be very stubborn with the dealer.
Since you have experience with this, is it possible to have it welded so that it is not a danger to drive. The mechanic says it is defective in two places but if I could simply have it welded properly for a reasonable amount, I'm OK with that.
Your low speed history is somewhat re-assuring.