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Old 12-15-2009, 09:13 PM   #31
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I was looking online (I assume this is the Rabbit, right?) and saw used alternators for about $85. I was surprised to find that Autozone.com didn't list a rebuilt alternator for that car (maybe not that many have broken yet?)
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Old 12-16-2009, 03:14 AM   #32
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This is for the GMC. If it was the VW, that's under warranty.

I checked Advance Auto and they were $150-300. Looks like that's the going rate everywhere.
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Old 12-16-2009, 04:34 AM   #33
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The price must have really gone up in the last 2 years since I bought one, or your truck uses a less common style. The alternator in my Buick and my 86 Chevy is the same one they put in most vehicles for probably 30 years, very common, very cheap. The one in my 98 GMC is the same style that they used in the late 80's through the 90's. I don't know if they switched styles of alternators when the vehicle was redesigned though.
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Old 12-16-2009, 09:18 PM   #34
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RockAuto.com...starting at $107.99 for either 105 or 130 amp alternator. I'd probably try the local junkyard first...

RockAuto seems to have the best prices I've seen for my Cad's parts so far...and shipping was pretty quick.
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Why didn't I check rockauto?
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Old 12-18-2009, 12:37 AM   #36
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or take the alternater off and take it to autozone and they test it free...find out if thats truley the issue before dumping $130+
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I definitely won't buy a new one until I'm sure of the diagnosis. Thank you for reminding me of free alternator testing.
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