i was heading home in my daily driver of the last 10+ years, my '08 Passion. The air conditioning was on high and the recirculating button was engaged. In my peripheral vision I saw them both start to blink. Strange, thought I and I turned down the blower speed. The blinking rate didn't change and shortly thereafter the air started pulsing out of the vents in time with the blinking lights. I stopped for gas and thought that the gremlins would probably disappear when I restarted. Nope. It wouldn't start. Instead, I got the three bars of death. No codes on the scan gauge. Did a transmission reteach and, on the second try, got a "P" and it restarted. This time the ABS triangle was lit and, as I headed the last few miles towards home, the alternator light started coming on intermittently. Being slow on the uptake, that's when I noticed that the voltage on the scan gauge was 11.4. I made it home and called the local shop and told them I thought I needed a new alternator but wasn't certain and could they look at it. When my wife arrived home about 20 minutes later, I was lucky and it started right up. No more ABS light but the alternator light did come on at idle and the max voltage on the scan gauge was 11.7 when running. We made it to the shop and it was indeed the alternator. If things go as planned, I'll have a new one (and new belts) tomorrow. This is my first repair in 10+ years of daily use and 86K miles. Not too shabby, smart and MB.