Okay since there are no responses here, for historical purposes, I will let everyone know what I found out (and I will not even ask for a donation!).
After my lights started blinking, the speedometer and tachometer and radio etc. Cut out. The engine was running but the transmission (since, I guess it is electronic) quit working. I pulled over and cut the engine off. It would not start back. I hooked up jumper cables to another car and it started just fine, but I only made it 200 yards before the same behavior happened.
Come to find out, my alternator had sheared the two bolts off that were holding it to the engine block, and the belt had detached. I guess, while the blinking was going on with the warning lights, the alternator was going through the process of becoming detached (intermittently working). Once it let go altogether, the battery drained, and the electrical functions in the car ceased.
Long story-short. I was able to retract the sheared bolts and remount the alternator. Everything is working fine
Tuesday, February 12th, 2008 AT 11:53 AM