Well, the car drama is not over. When we picked up the car Saturday, after getting the alternator replaced, on the way home the check engine light came on. Didn't get too upset because this has happened before. Sometimes when they work on the car they might bump into a wire or a hose, and then that light would go on and I'd have to take it back. Every time it had amounted to nothing.
Not this time. This time it's got a vacuum leak that will cost over $1,200 to repair. I am NOT a happy camper. Had they found this before the alternator was fixed, I doubt we would have spent the $400 on the alternator.
At this point we don't know what we are going to do. We don't want to spend that amount of money on a car that age and with all those miles on it. We also don't want a car payment.
The mechanic said that without making the repair it would steadily get lower gas mileage and eventually start to run rough. Right now, I can deal with that.
We may be going car shopping soon.