Eddy the Escort (my brnad-new--to me--car) is out of commision. More details when I know then, but I'm guessing that it's the alternator. I had to get towed to the mechanic's this morning, blar.

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The mechanics says it's the alternator, and he can replace it for $190, including labor, with a three-year warantee. No idea how much alternators should cost (he said they usually cost $220, for what it's worth) but for a Major Car Repair of any sort $190 seems pretty good.