That's the number of miles my car had on Monday, 12/4/06 when things started to go wrong. It wasn't "oh crap, the transmission has gone out" wrong - it isn't that bad, but it was still quite pricey. And of all things, it was the one thing that I tended not to care too much about since they rarely ever fail, but rely on heavily. Here's the story:
I was driving along on my way to pick up my brother. I volunteered to pick him up from high school since I don't get to spend too much time with him anymore what with work and school taking up my time. As I was driving along, I came up to a hill that I was driving down. At the bottom of the hill there is an intersection, and the light happened to be green for my direction. I started to slow down so that I could cross the intersection safely: avoiding people waiting to make left turns going the opposite direction, as well as avoiding the possibility of my car bottoming out since there was a slight hump in the middle of the intersection. I glance at my speedometer to get a reading on my speed so I can gauge how fast I would be crossing the intersection and whether I would be able to do it safely. That's when I noticed that my speedometer said 0 MPH. Uh oh.
Well, long story short, I go to the dealership the same day and spend more than 3 hours waiting for a diagnosis and finally they report telling me that my instrument panel has a short (i should also mention that the fuel gauge is having issues at the same time also), but it'll cost more than $550 in parts and labor to fix - right before Christmas, go figure. Why so much? Well, a) my car is out of its 36,000 mile warranty, and b) they're greedy. I swore I had an extended warranty but they had no record in the computer. I said just order the part, I'll figure out how to install it, and paid 321 and some change for it. The next day, my mom found the extended warranty information I needed and I promptly went to get my money back.
Moral of this story: always get the extended warranty on computers and cars (especially cars). It'll be well worth it.