Why are alternators so expensive?

Discussion in '96-04 - 2V Specific' started by MAXX RS4, Oct 12, 2006.

  1. MAXX RS4

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    So my alternator went out the other day drving off a ramp from the highway..

    Why are they so freaking expensive for our cars? A refurbished one is well over $100. A new one is tons more.

    What gives? Every other car I've ever replaced the alternator on cost me around $60.
     
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    maybe because our stock alt is as powerful (130a) as alot of other cars aftermarket alts.
     
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    Did they tell you that there is a core charge deduction?
     
  4. MAXX RS4

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    i bought mine off ebay.

    Napa has them for like $160 PLUS the core charge on top of that.. for their base refurb!