Eager to hear if you got any better news from the second dealer.
Actually, I didn't go to a second dealer, but to a trusted mechanic who I've used numerous times for other vehicles. I've had my fill of dealers for the moment.
He smoked the system and found a leak by the filler neck. He replaced the filler neck and the filler neck shutoff valve. He said he "didn't like the way the shutoff valve looked" so he replaced it too.
Having said that and having the old filler neck & shutoff valve to look at, I believe it was only the shutoff valve. I plan to plug off the filler neck connections and pressurize the assembly as soon as I get a chance. As like I said, I don't think it was the neck, not enough rust on it. But the mating surface of the neck flange & shutoff valve was very rusty and that may have been the leaking surface.
I did pressure test the shutoff valve and it leaked whether it was open or closed. More so in one position than the other, but leaked still the same.
The mechanic reset the code (p0442) and I'm driving it trying to reset the monitors. As I understand it, I can pass NJ inspection with one monitor in the "not ready" state. So I'll go to inspection as soon as I get them down to 1.
I won't list his price as costs are different everywhere you go, but it was significantly less than the dealer. Of course, the job was different too, so no real comparison anyway. It was 2 1/2 hrs labor/diagnosis and he used all Subaru parts. <-- so not cheap there.
So I passed NJ inspection. I had (1) monitor "not ready", the Evap monitor. That monitor refused to set no matter how I drove the car, stop&go, highway cruise, slow down/speed up, didn't matter. I put 800 miles on it and nothing I tried, did it. I read numerous threads & googles telling me what drive cycle would do it, nothing worked. But in NJ, they do not fail you if the Evap monitor is incomplete. That incomplete however is your (1) monitor "grace". You can't have anyone else incomplete (2001 & up). But you must have the O2 & the Converter monitors set as those are the ones they are really interested in. I got those to set in a 15 min loop from work with 10 min of highway at 50mph and 5 min of ramps & stoplights. So I'm good for 2 years & the Evap monitor still isn't set. lol
edit: 5/1/19 - added some pictures.