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Yes, people have been stranded by a failing DIC, but a software upgrade a long time ago significantly reduced the likelihood of that, assuming that you don't ignore the CEL's. DIC failure now is almost guaranteed (I'm sure that someone will contradict that ;) to give you some warning. They're about the easiest maintenance that you'll ever do, and they're (somewhat) readily available. I wouldn't worry about having a spare in the trunk.
It's a good idea to inspect your Serpentine, but unless questionable, who carries a spare (other than PG)?
Crank Position Sensors (CPS) are also a maintenance item, but they last a long time, and usually start acting up, giving some warning.
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