You read that wrong. Yes, it is a lot of problems, but with potentially common cause that could be minor. The charging system stopped working intermittently on my 1988 Grand Caravan a few years ago. It could have been solved with a replacement alternator, but I repaired it with a nine-dollar part. Took about half an hour. The alternators on a lot of Chrysler products can be repaired in fifteen minutes, with a pair of $3.00 brushes.
Ford used a redesigned generator, ("alternator" was developed by Chrysler, and they copyrighted the term, but everyone will know what you mean), throughout the 1990's that also was real easy to diagnose and repair, often without even having to remove it from the engine. The engineers didn't like that, so by 2000 or 2001, they went to a design that is more involved. It takes longer to diagnose those.
Cost is not something we get involved with here because there is way too many variables. We do not even know for sure yet what is wrong. The place to start is by having the charging system professionally load tested at a repair shop, not at an auto parts store. It is critically important that the testing be done while the problem is occurring, not while everything is working okay.
Sunday, March 5th, 2017 AT 2:48 PM