2001 Mazda 626 Questions

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I had taken my Trailblazer in to have the fan clutch replaced, which is not uncommon on them and the quote was pretty high. I often visit an online forum for TB/Envoy owners and read about Repairpal. The estimate was less than half of the original quote from the shop and they were listed as one that honors the quote. I asked them about it and they fixed the issue and charged the highest number on the estimate, but it was $700 less than the original quote so.. yay money saved, thanks RP.

So fast forward several months and my alternator goes out in my 626 and so I had it towed to the same shop that fixed the TB. It was a Sunday so I was able to look at RP's estimator so I had an idea what I would be paying. They came back with a quote that was again double what RP's figures were. I went back and forth a bit with the quote and the exact work to be done and in the end they said they'd honor the estimate.

Is this normal? Should I go with another of the listed shops? Thanks in advance.
All other lights work, have inspected and changed fuses. They came back on briefly out of nowhere, so I figure its some connection problem? I have no idea how to check anything besides the fuses. Please help, I just want to know where I should take it to be repaired.
my car won't go into gear. AAA told me the arm is broken and needs to be replaced
my car wont go into gear. the arm that goes from the transmission to the gear shift is broken
The car will not drive when drive gear is selected. However, when I start with the first gear and gradually move to the "D" at forty miles, it will continue moving until I get to a stop sign.
The only other time it will move is when the "OD" is off. This is a daily problem.
What could possibly be the problem.
When starting the car in Park or Neutral, the starter will not disengage until car is put in Reverse or Drive
200k miles on it. Did timing belt, serp belt, valve cover gasket, plugs and wires, h20 pump about six months ago
The car just cut off and will not even crank over to start
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