So, I'm about to take a road trip across the country in my 2002 Lincoln LS. Decided it was time to have them check out a noise coming from the frontend. It's a very minor noise, and you only hear it over bumps while going slowly. Sounded like the sway bar link to me. But, I decided to take it to the dealer just to make sure nothing more serious was going on. Guy calls me this afternoon and says that all kinds of things need replaced on it. That's interesting, because it drives fine, other than that minor noise over bumps sometimes at slow speed. He said that all 4 sway bar links were shot, and needed replaced (both front and rear). Ok, how much are those I asked him, and he said $350 total for all 4 plus $280 in labor. Online they are much, much cheaper. Then he tells me that both front ball joints are bad. I've had a ball joint start going bad in another vehicle, and it makes all kinds of noise over every bump. Ok, so how much for that I ask. He said $388 per ball joint since they came as part of the control arm (lower?) And over $350 in labor for those. The total ended up around $1700 for all of this. 2+ hours of labor to replace the sway bar links? And $800 for two control arms (just parts)? He said they could install aftermarket parts on there, but couldn't warranty anything, not even the labor. Am I off base to think this is ridiculous? You can find these parts online for less than half what they're trying to charge here. On the ball joints, I know how dangerous it is for one to fail. But what are the chances that mine are bad with zero noise or driveability issues?