On June 22, 2008, I came out of the supermarket, went to the driver's side of my 2002 Saturn Vue, and pushed the button to open all doors. I put the groceries in the trunk, walked back to the driver's side and, leaving the door ajar (thank God) tried to start the vehicle. It did nothing.
I phoned my daughter who came to pick up the food. We went to the trunk, which would not open. All this time we were careful to keep the driver's door open. She had to climb into the trunk to get the food. She did get it and left.
I waited for AAA, who came very quickly. The AAA man tried several times before he could start the vehicle. I got in, closed the door, backed up about three feet and the car stalled. The electric system seems to have shut down completely. I could not open any door. Miami in June at 12:30 p.m. is very hot. Fortunately for me the AAA man had not left. He had me open the hood and was able to get enough juice to return the car to the parking place and we could open the door.
He sent for the tow truck, and until it came I kept the door open. When the truck arrived, we closed the door and have not been able to open it since. I wake up at night thinking of what would have been the outcome had this happened elsewhere or I had not had a cell phone, as happened when the transmission failed in November. At least then I could get out of the vehicle.
This in addition to a failed transmission in November.