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Based on your information here is my opinion:
Struts are a normal wear item at around 150,000 miles so thats normal. Mine went around the same milage as well.
Headliner - Some people have said that the factory it was made in depends on how well the headliner stays intact because apparently different places use different glue. To me the headliner isnt as a big a deal as the CEL. I had a headliner for sale for $100 so their not expensive if you need to replace it.
CEL - Thats a problem thats easy to deal with. 98 is OBD-II so head over to your local auto parts store and ask to rent an OBD Code Scanner. Plug the thing in the OBD port located under the dash and you can start pulling codes. If the ONLY code that comes up is an O2 sensor code I might be game for $2,800-3,000. Saying "oh its just an O2 sensor" can be a sign to bigger problems as Whiteshark mentioned. The code may also be a cat failing code (Catalyst System Efficiency Below Threshold or Bank 1/2 Efficiency Below Threshold) which can run close to $1,000. I dont know if you can delete your cats in California or not. Theirs a guy on Bimmerforums that sells O2 sensor simulators so you can run catless. A friend of mine has them and they work great. An O2 sensor itself is about $115-125 IIRC.
If he replaced the four struts make sure he has reciepts for them. I would honestly still get it inspected. If you have emissions testing you might fail until you get that CEL cleared.
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