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Q: Car won't start on 2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse

The car won't start. I put the key into the car, I get the dinging noise, lights are on in the vehicle when I open the door. I go to start the car, and nothing turns on, clock is reset, radio station presets are gone, and the dashboard lights dim, such as the check engine, check oil, SRS and all that dim. The car is still off and unresponsive. I got a jump from someone to drive to to my house. The car was runing for about 5 minutes, I turned the car off. I got out of the car, and used my auto-lock on my keychain, and the pwoerlocks would NOT work. They tried to, and moved some, but refused to lock completely. Had to manually do it. Tried using key again, beeping, and responsive, but will not start. I've owned this car for about 4 months now, the battery looks like the original. The car has 53,000 miles on it. Any Ideas? Some say Starter, some battery, some altenator? Any way to check without paying 6 bazillion dollars in repair checks?
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Start with a new battery because trouble shooting a vehicle with a bad battery is impossible Sears Napa Autozone Kragen etc
Prior owner with all the detailed service records along with carfax report on my '03 GTS had to have alternator replaced around 37K but when I bought this at 61K you could tell it was still orig. battery...had your same problem first time really cold soon after buying my car, had advanceauto do free electrical test and put a very high cold cranking amps battery in. I am a proponent as preventive maintenance, if it ends up or ended-up this was your alternator, replacing your battery is prudent every 4 years.
try replacing your alternator, maybe your alternator is not charging your battery..
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