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#1177445 - 04/26/07 01:05 PM Are duralast gold alternators any good........
W_Kenley Offline
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Registered: 08/26/06
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About to buy an alternator are they any good.......?

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#1177457 - 04/26/07 01:13 PM Re: Are duralast gold alternators any good........ [Re: W_Kenley]
baravelli Offline
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We were hoping you would tell us

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#1177530 - 04/26/07 03:20 PM Re: Are duralast gold alternators any good........ [Re: W_Kenley]
W_Kenley Offline
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what about prostart...................

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#1177547 - 04/26/07 03:41 PM Re: Are duralast gold alternators any good........ [Re: W_Kenley]
baravelli Offline
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Run away as fast as you can from that Autozone and run to Pep Boys and buy a Bosch. Have them bench test the alternator before you buy it. Or get the good stuff at NAPA.

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#1177588 - 04/26/07 05:05 PM Re: Are duralast gold alternators any good........ [Re: baravelli]
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#1177608 - 04/26/07 05:38 PM Re: Are duralast gold alternators any good........ [Re: Fordiesel69]
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I bought a Duralast Gold alternator for my old Lumina. Lasted at least 60,000 miles with no problems.

From what I gather any Ford alternator 3g+ used in the 4.6 is a real crapshoot for getting rebuilt. My brothers Mistique has had at least 2 and keeps overcharging the battery BIG time.

Dunno why this is, I never had to replace a rebuilt GM alternator in 25 years??
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#1177650 - 04/26/07 06:49 PM Re: Are duralast gold alternators any good........ [Re: Chevyguy]
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panther alternators seem to last a long time.

i'd rebuild or just go to a junkyard and find a low mileage one.
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#1177688 - 04/26/07 07:39 PM Re: Are duralast gold alternators any good........ [Re: Chevyguy]
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 Originally Posted By: Chevyguy
I bought a Duralast Gold alternator for my old Lumina. Lasted at least 60,000 miles with no problems.

From what I gather any Ford alternator 3g+ used in the 4.6 is a real crapshoot for getting rebuilt. My brothers Mistique has had at least 2 and keeps overcharging the battery BIG time.

Dunno why this is, I never had to replace a rebuilt GM alternator in 25 years??


The reason for this is the crappy china rebuild parts are not made to spec. I have seen no factory units overcharge.
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#1177697 - 04/26/07 07:46 PM Re: Are duralast gold alternators any good........ [Re: Fordiesel69]
96bluvic Offline
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Registered: 10/27/06
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Loc: southeastern WI
I have a friend who ownes his own alternator/starter rebuild buisness. I can get you a reman for $100, he uses the best of parts and will cover it up to 100,000miles
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#1177746 - 04/26/07 09:02 PM Re: Are duralast gold alternators any good........ [Re: 96bluvic]
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Registered: 10/17/06
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Loc: Quad Cities,IL
I currently have a duralast gold, which is not remanufactured, its new. When this one goes I will go with a motorcraft or upgrade to a larger one...My advice is to not go to autozone for anything other than car care products and oil, almost all the parts they have are junk.
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#1177747 - 04/26/07 09:04 PM Re: Are duralast gold alternators any good........ [Re: 96bluvic]
kustomizingkid Offline
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Registered: 11/18/06
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I would never get one of the dicount rebuild peices of junk. If your alternator lasted to 100k or more, just buy another oem one and never buy one again.
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#1177889 - 04/26/07 11:23 PM Re: Are duralast gold alternators any good........ [Re: kustomizingkid]
Martin Am. Offline
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Registered: 03/07/07
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Loc: Concord, NC

I second the non autozone/advance deal, the one my 98 p71 came with was a palladium one at advance with a lifetime replacement deal. I have driven the car about 1k miles since I bought it and have had to cash in on that replacement deal 3 times now. First it didn't engage, then the regulator was bad then it just charged too low \:\( The one i got from them was originally a motorcraft(but a rebuilt from advance) so hopefully it lasts alittle longer heh.
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#1177894 - 04/26/07 11:28 PM Re: Are duralast gold alternators any good........ [Re: Martin Am.]
W_Kenley Offline
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Registered: 08/26/06
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Got dammit I already got the top of the line prostart installed........ [censored] is running good "cough, cough, knock on wood, knock on wood".

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#1178127 - 04/27/07 01:38 PM Re: Are duralast gold alternators any good........ [Re: baravelli]
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Registered: 08/28/01
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Loc: Louisville, KY
 Originally Posted By: baravelli
Run away as fast as you can from that Autozone and run to Pep Boys and buy a Bosch. Have them bench test the alternator before you buy it. Or get the good stuff at NAPA.


The PD put a Bosch in mine. I'm sure they've tried others in the past and have found Bosch to be better than most.
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#1178223 - 04/27/07 05:44 PM Re: Are duralast gold alternators any good........ [Re: Colonel]
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Unless you can have YOUR alternator rebuilt by a local electrical shop (yellow pages), I would NEVER EVER buy a "rebuilt" alternator OR starter.

Get a recycled OE one and save about $150 and a LOT of headaches.
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