UPDATE: The shop said it's the distributor, and they want to charge me approx $850 to replace it. (on a 16 year old car!)
Does that sound like a reasonable cause for the problem? And does that sound like a reasonable price??
Two days ago, the engine cut out while driving. After a few minutes, I was able to start the car and continue driving the rest of the day. (In the past, if the car should ever stall out, it required a wait of 5-10 minutes before it would start again).
However, yesterday, the engine cut out while driving, and would not restart. There was no sputtering or engine roughness - the engine sounded perfect until it just suddenly went dead. I went back and tried again this morning (left it in a parking lot) hoping to get it home - it still won't start.
It cranks like it wants to - no clicking noise, strong cranking sound when turning key, the electrical accessories work (radio, etc.) but the car won't actually catch and start.
Any ideas on cause? I want to have some idea what I'm looking at - the car is old and not worth too much investment to fix. I need to fix it cheaply if at all possible.
Thanks so much!!