Took my car out for a very quick run today, 1 mile each way. On the way back about 100m from home the car died, revs dropped - dash blank and all electrical dead. Coasted to a stop and tried to restart but was dead. Ignition on the speedo would raise up to about 30mph and then slowly drop back to its stop. Weird. Turned the power cut off to off and waited a few min and tried again but dead still. Tried to push it but stuck in gear... sigh. Hazards not working... perfect! So had to get someone with jump cables out and we put power to it and everything came alive. Now in N we decided to push it home rather than risk jump starting it. So, what do we think? Dead battery? I have not changed it and had the car 5 years and I suspect its going to be a few years older than that again so my first thought is battery? My volt meter is in work so will have to wait till tomorrow for some diagnostics. The car normally lives on a ctek but had just come back after a repair to the seat potentiometer and I planned to take the car out so its been off the ctek the last 4-5 days. Or alternator? I guess if that was not working it would not be charging the battery... again need a volt meter to confirm... hm. Are the alternators fairly reliable on these cars?