Well, it might be that my new car is a turnip, not a lemon. ;-) We've had to take it back to Carmax yet again (third or fourth time, I've lost count) because it keeps dying. If I don't drive it one day then the next it is completely dead. They already replaced the battery so we know that isn't the problem. Well, when I dropped it off this morning I asked them if these new cars still have alternators because my old 1978 Firebird (which is very Redneck-style sitting in the garage with the engine pulled out for rebuilding) used to have alternator problems that exhibited the exact same symptoms. The guy at the service counter, who knows me pretty well by now and is probably sick seeing my face in there, said that they do in fact still have alternators and noted that on his papers. The reason I wasn't sure if new cars have alternators is because I do know that most new cars no longer have carburetors, but have fuel injectors instead. I just wasn't sure if the electrical components had experienced a similar evolution as the fuel components.
Anyway, I just received a call from Carmax telling me that they think they have found the problem, a bad diode in the alternator. LOL! Not too bad for a dumb woman, eh? Actually, Carmax has been very good to deal with, and I have never felt discriminated against as I have at every other car dealership I've dealt with. Even though it is past the 30 warranty they aren't charging us for this repair because it has been an ongoing problem. I like the way they do business because they really seem to care about not pissing off customers. Some car dealerships only care about selling a car and not at all about what happens afterwards. Although we've had all these problems with the car from Carmax we will probably do business with them again just because they stand behind their promises, and even beyond.