aggieGT: Didn't try and restart, car missing wheels and I obv wasn't going anywhere... good point tho to check out.
Stevegt: You're pretty close, a $20K verbal from the shop since I posted. And you are right a good shop is key. This one is, he's a mustang guy and said his price is all new OEM parts (need to see the actual papers to verify but...). He repaired a classic car for me about four years ago so I've had some experience with them.
s197gt: Wow, tires have instructions??? Duh. You are right, I am probably guilty on the tires. Weather/roads were dry and clear, 1pm in the afternoon, but did have fairly cold temps last week in Seattle... I would guess it was 30 degrees? I'll be the first to admit I'm new to performance tires, so I should probably have been running something else for the wet climate here... but until now, it has actually done pretty good in the rain.
Californicajun: My guess is I was going 60 when I lost it. I had just finally gotten around a bottleneck of traffic, and was accelerating pretty good in 3rd gear in the right lane, which was my exit in about a mile. Then it just started fishtailing. I'm assuming 10-20mph was scrubbed off by the time I hit. I know I backed off the gas and tried to correct it, but was up on the wall pretty fast. I might be guilty of hitting the brakes even though I know better, not really sure. Again did not sense advance trac doing anything.
Yeah, I bet they are going to try and fix it. I trust this guy to do it right if that has to happen. It's just too new, plus I think it has almost all the options except brembo and a couple minor things- so the price is pretty high. Unless there is unibody damage.