Q: 1998 Saab 900 SE Turbo won't hold power after a jump

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This much-loved but unreliable car has almost rarely been used over the last few yrs. On the few occasions I've had to use it, it starts up fine w/ a jump & I'm able to move it (although it won't start up again w/o another jump). Recently, however, my normal car went kaput & I now need the Saab on a daily basis. It'll still start up ok w/ a jump but it won't keep power & dies the second i take my foot off the gas. Do I need a new battery, new alternator, or both? The way it is now, I can't even get it to a shop. Please help!

My car has 120000 miles.
My car has a manual transmission.

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