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Tack drops, SpeedO drops, lights dim, car bucks, car dies... help

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So I was driving last night and my 1999 legacy 2.5 GT with a manual died and I need help.

I was going about 35-40 and my ABS light came on. This was strange as it had never been on before. My tachometer then dropped to 0 and bounced from that to where it should have been (~3000rpm) a few time before stopping at 0. My speedometer then dropped straight to 0 (while I was still going about 35-40). Everything on the dash got really dim at this point. The lights were still on but I could barely read any of the instruments or the sterio. I had to stop at a red light and everything was still dim. I then started around the corner and the car started bucking like it would the first time you ever drove a standard. This was not because of me lol. I immediately pulled over and the car died shortly after.

I let it sit for about 10 mins and it started up but it took a really long time and turned over many times. None of the instruments were responding to high revs so I shut it down and walked home.

Right now I am trying to avoid getting it towed or having to take it to a mechanic, but I need it up and running so any immediate help would be awesome. I think it may have something to do with the alternator, but I am not sure.

Thanks for your help!
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