Date registered: Mar 2005
Vehicle: '01-E320 & 02-ST2
Location: John 15:18-19
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Hey, PW, welcome to the forum. Please take a minute to click the User CP link and complete your BW profile re: vehicle and location as that is often useful information.
Are you a DIY guy at all?
The alternator light at this point is a red herring. It's coming on because as the engine is stumbling (near dying?) the alternator isn't turning quickly and consistently enough to keep up the voltage, so you can stop worrying about that.
My first thought when I read your tale was a Crank Position Sensor. It's pretty easy to change and quite often does not throw a code. Symptoms vary, but the more consistent one is that it acts up more when hot than cold. If that holds true for your car then I'd change that. Part is pretty cheap ($40 at autohausaz.com), simple to DIY except that a bit of it is by feel. You're probably looking at $200-$250 to have it changed depending on your location, so it's worth the DIY effort.
Take care and enjoy the ride,
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