My dad and I just bought a 2000 5 speed and drove it up the east coast to home, about 800 miles. During the trip there were 3 or 4 recals. The battery charge meter showed about half most of the time. I tried to charge it the whole way with no real success. It took about 5 miles of driving with the 3 or 4 bars of charge indicator to get the battery meter to go up one bar. Finally, it got over the 2/3 level or so and stoped the auto charging while cruising. Then the battery meter suddenly jumped to full. A couple of minutes later the meter dropped to almost empty, about two bars. It then took a very long time to get it back up to half way, again, about five miles per bar. This happened a few times. We are afraid that the battery may be dead. We got 42 mpg over 800 miles. What should we do? I have been reading that the dealers don't want to admit to failures. The IMA error light never turned on. Please help, we are worried. Thanks.