I have a really bad habit of leaving my car's headlights on. This ordinarily wouldn't be a problem since most cars have a "you left your lights on, retard" feature. This feature, however, is moot when the little door sensor is busted. Mine has been for about three years now. So Wednesday morning, I have to jump my car to get it going as I've done several other times before. It seems to have gone fine until I realize that the speedometer is no longer working at all. And the car is shifting really roughly. Hmmm. Since I was going to be downtown on Thursday anyway, I decided to swing by the Saturn dealership and let them have a look-see at it.
Yesterday, I found out that the latest jump had pretty much made most of the electrical components freak out. In addition to about 20 error codes in the computer, it also blew out a sensor, several tail and head lights and a bunch of indicator lights in the dash. The damage came to around $300.
Needless to say, the door sensor is now on order and will be replaced Real Soon Now™.