Went to pickup the car from the mechanic's shop today. Unfortunately I do not have the right tools or skill to make the repairs that it had... It needed a new engine mount, which had become junk, completely destroyed (forgot to snap a pic). During the repair the first exhaust bracket broke, too rusty, so it needed a new one... Since it was there, I asked to look at the front suspension, there was a random noise. New stabilizer bar links were necessary.
I left with my wallet much lighter but without the noises and vibrations from the past few weeks, and with a more reactive front-end.
But it's not over... strangely, the steering column now vibrates a lot but only when idling, I noticed the steering is needing an alignment, and because I was driving a borrowed, but newer car on these past days, now it shows that there is not much life left in the old rolla's clutch