So the car's been doing great... up until a little while ago. I am thankful that the problems happened here in the Bay area so that I could get it fixed at a reliable place instead of out on the road somewhere. So far we replaced the wheel bearings and it's in the shop at the moment having the water pump and timing belt replaced along with some other little tweaks. Hopefully from here on out she'll be good to go. I have to mention that 2 for 2 times my big brother was dead on about what was wrong with her. Thanks bro. Thanks to my friends that have been so helpful with all of this.