I don't know why it should surprise me that cars continue to be a pain in the butt! We have one car down, which leaves me carless much of the time. We've been borrowing a friend's car that we were told was having issues as well. Sure enough, it died while I was running errands...thankfully it was off to the side and it wasn't that big of a deal because it started up after the engine had cooled off.
I envy those people that have money set aside for car repairs...granted, they're a loathsome expense for anyone, but when we have to choose to fix the car or pay the rent, the rent wins.
PS: My Entrecard thing is funkadelic, I'm trying to get it up, so stay tuned!