Thank you, Haro.
In a nutshell, the stability system service warning was ignored. After a couple of months, the ABS and Traction Control were shut down by the computer, presumably because it could not get reliable feedback. Being cheep and working crazy hours, I just let it be "for the time being".
I am amazed at the fact that the safety systems shutting down weren't enough to motivate me, but low and behold, the radio goes out, and its off the the shop. Funny what some of us will live with and without.