So, I'm about halfway through the second episode, and so far I am digging the hell out of this game.
The first trial with Mia was a lot more involved than I thought a tutorial chapter would be, and young Phoenix was quite hilarious. I've heard WONDERFUL things about the fifth episode, too, so there's that to look forward to playing.
Resolution: it was $10 to get a new drive bay. Worked fine. I've spent more money on dumber stuff. Also, in amazing/hilarious/depressing factoids I can squeeze in here because why not: I had a (trophy) goal of being every race in Need for Speed: