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Poster kubel Offline
Posted 12/18/11 06:53 PM
With over 106K miles on my 2006 CVPI and close to 5000 idle hours, my alternator was starting to screech and my battery light was coming on intermittently.

A visit to Amazon and a few clicks later I had a replacement (belt too) overnighted with Saturday delivery. Got it fixed in less than an hour. smile

It's only my second repair to this car, though the most costly one so far (about $400 including shipping), cheaper than a refurb and much cheaper than the stealership. My previous (first) repair on the car was to the AC drier (about $160 including recharge). Every other expense has just been normal fluid maintenance.

My friend (who is stuck paying off his truck for the next 5 years) was quick to suggest I've been having bad luck with reliability with my car. I had to laugh considering I paid very little cash for mine and the total I've spent on repairs for the almost 2 years that I've owned the car is probably less than his last 2 months payments.

I love my car.
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#2425365 - 12/18/11 06:57 PM Re: New Alternator [Re: kubel]
Chethro Offline

Registered: 09/11/11
Posts: 217
Loc: WV
If that is the first one in 106k that's very good. We had to change my son's at 62k. $400 seems high though, the remanufactured one at Autozone we bought was $150. Is yours a high output unit?

#2425370 - 12/18/11 07:07 PM Re: New Alternator [Re: kubel]
kubel Offline

Registered: 09/16/10
Posts: 108
Loc: Michigan
Yeah, 200A. Ford dealership wanted something like $550 plus core charge. Rock Auto wanted $450 for a refurb with core charge. Amazon had a brand new one for $375 with no core charge plus I had Prime so I could get next day Saturday delivery for $3.99/item. I picked up a belt too since mine was showing its age.

Edited by kubel (12/18/11 07:09 PM)

#2426332 - 12/20/11 08:40 PM Re: New Alternator [Re: kubel]
QuicksterP71 Offline
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Registered: 02/05/11
Posts: 2114
Loc: Ma.
very nice i love the look of new parts

1997 Crown Vic P71 95.000 miles Formerly Mass Correctional Vehicle, Buying a new Vic one part at a time. Ported and polished plenum, 70mm throttle body, Remote starter, Body Work and New Paint Job, 35% window tint, HPP Wheels off a 96, Pioneer deh-1100mp, Pioneer TS-A6882R 6*8, Pioneer Premier TS-A933P 6*9

#2426443 - 12/21/11 03:04 AM Re: New Alternator [Re: kubel]
Ethan Offline

Registered: 03/17/07
Posts: 6310
Loc: Sherman Oaks, CA
Price isn't too bad. Knowing that it's a new Ford part is quite valuable. I went through 4 no name $100 alternators before I finally bought a Motorcraft new rebuilt one for $250. Shoulda just saved myself the trouble from the start.

I say its a good buy.
2006 Crown Vic SAP + 2005 Mustang GT


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