You're right. I've owned the car for a year. I bought it in very good condition from the original owner. It's now in beautiful condition, and certainly doesn't act as though it had 250K on it.
The problem seems to be the number of things that have gone wrong at this independent shop. Calipers, rotors, master cylinder. The connector for the swaybar is cracked. My main vacuum line (that runs from the master cylinder drum to the engine block) is cracked right at the master cylinder. These things were all working perfectly 3 weeks ago. Just a few too many coincidences.
Because of the cracked valve in the vacuum line, I can't turn off the car. I'm getting an ulcer.
By the way, what is the technical name of that vacuum line? And do you have to purchase the entire thing, or can you replace valves in it?