my 98 outback has had a rebuilt alternator just about 6 weeks ago . ( full 1year warranty ) one week ago the car started to crank a little slowly so i took it back to same shop and had all tested , batt. & alt. battery was showing it didnt have proper number of cranks , a little under 400 & is suppose to have over 500. battery was nearly 3 years old went ahead with a new one installed right then ... believe it is a 6 or 7 year battery . one of their top ones. i work nights and last nite at 3 am lunch break , i went to drive home and nothing ..... ignition just would " click" lights and all worked full strength . raised hood , couldnt see any loose connections . got back in car and when trying to start it i worked the key back and forth and in a couple of seconds it took hold and started normally . what does this problem sound like ? some sort of ignition switch or ? AND how long will it be before this surfaces again ? will this be an expensive repair ? have tried the car since then once and everything seems normal ....... for now .