Car: now not so much braking 100% of the time. Probably the gas mileage will improve. Well worth the $60 it cost, but it exposed that the $675 transmission rebuild still has the "car doesn't bother to be in gear when you floor it going up Greentree Hill" problem.
Dishwasher: still dead.
On the plus side, reimbursement from work plus money from selling stuff on ebay covered almost all of that.