(Attention: bad pun only tangentially related to actual problem.)
Monday, on my way to work, I had the wonderful experience of seeing smoke/steam streaming from under my hood and the temperature gauge spiking at the top end of the gauge. I got off the interstate, popped the hood to allow it to cool. I found lots of steam and green goo (coolant) decorating the inside of my engine compartment.
After a couple phone calls, I ended up buying a gallon of water to put in the radiator (after it had cooled, of course) and taking the long (lower speed) way to the mechanics.
I'll confirm the details when I pick up the car Tuesday morning, but it seems* that the radiator was cracked and needed replacement.
Why is it that my car waits until my savings account is severely depleted before having serious problems?
* Stay tuned for more accurate techno-babble...