Message from 2021
This post is pretty old! Opinions and technical information in it are almost certainly oudated. Commands and configurations will probably not work. Consider the age of the content before putting any of it into practice.
Cars have too many things that can go wrong. When I was leaving school yesterday (drove myself just to make sure my car still worked), it wouldn’t start. Got a jump, made it the better part of a mile, and it stalled at a crosswalk. Managed to get the car pushed into a metered lot, and got a 72-hour “it don’t work” sticker.
So I guess the plan is to buy a new battery, drive it to autozone and have them check to make sure the alternator works. If it’s busted then it’ll be a fun part replacement time (read: not fun).