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Old 09-03-2010, 03:22 PM
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My 98 Audi A6 is screaming like a train engine. So i got it diagnosed to find that its the dying alternator. I checked the price & found the alternator to be ~$150. I wanted to know how much is the avg labor cost for replacing the alternator. One Audi Tech quoted me $190. Based on hours, im guessing thats a 2hr job. Any suggestions friends
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$340 out-the-door sounds very reasonable to me...it's not a simple job, IMO. Obviously you've priced an aftermarket reman. unit since the OE alternators are crazy expensive...just make sure it comes with some kind of warranty. I've found that many "reputable" reman. alts are either hit-or-miss when it comes to longevity.

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$190 sounds reasonable for labor to change the alternator.

Where are you getting an alternator for $150? The OEM Bosch alternators are two to three times that much. Not that I'm questioning your choice, as I bought an aftermarket ebay alternator for mine.
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This is a five year old story, so you can take it for what it is worth. I popped my alternator about 180 miles from home. Confirmed it was dead at a Pep Boy's and arranged for it to be fixed at the local Audi dealer. They wanted $1200 p+l. I picked up a re-furbished alternator for about $200 (online) and it was 4 hours labor (at $120/hr at the time).
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My A6 has a 120-Amp Valeo alternator that AutoZone has for $180 with a lifetime warranty. LKQ also has used units with low mileage for about $80.

After having to remove the entire front of the car to get the old one out, $190 in labor doesn't seem unreasonable. My wife was a little concerned when she came home yesterday and saw the whole front of her car laying on the floor in the garage, but I couldn't find another way to get to it. By comparison, I recently had to change the alternator in my Dodge truck and it took about twenty minutes.

Sometimes the German approach to serviceability doesn't make the most sense , but I can't complain too much about an altenator that lasted 240K miles! The brushes in the voltage regulator had worn grooves in the shaft so deep that one of them wasn't even making contact any more and it was still working. Now I just have to put everything back together. Good luck with yours.
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It is not bad if it is an audi tech that is fine and the part is OK auto parts stores are around that but but you get your core charge back.....

I would not want to change it
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It is not bad if it is an audi tech that is fine and the part is OK auto parts stores are around that but but you get your core charge back.....

I would not want to change it
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Im picking it up from a wholesale auto parts store i know the guy for a lill while though.

BTW i also found out that i need to change my AC Compressor, i still have to chek the labor cost on that too but now i feel im in srs s*it. If i replace both the alternator & ac compressor do u think i would be able to keep it for another 50k miles coz i'm no DIY champ & i know this car would start draining my wallet considering its age & miles.

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You are close, the labor allowance is 2.5 hours which includes moving the lock carrier to the service position. I am a fairly experienced shade tree guy and it would take me about 1/2 a day to do this if nothing was frozen.
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This is a five year old story, so you can take it for what it is worth. I popped my alternator about 180 miles from home. Confirmed it was dead at a Pep Boy's and arranged for it to be fixed at the local Audi dealer. They wanted $1200 p+l. I picked up a re-furbished alternator for about $200 (online) and it was 4 hours labor (at $120/hr at the time).
jesus! you got so totally hosed! i realize that the job "requires" taking off the front clip, but 4 hours lol? that is intesne, even with the front clip removal, which isnt necessary IF you have a lift. You have to loosen the front motor mount, then jack the trans up a bit to create room (obviously easier with a lift and trans stand) you can get in there. It's a bitch but possible. I'll take 1200 and do that job for you all day.
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i am lucky labor here is $50 an hour and the dealer is $115 an hour Love that rural area.......
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So I'm here reading these posts on how you guys are getting such good prices on costs. From a total of 300 to 1200 by some of you are crazy. I just got slammed with $686 at an alternate Audi repair shop. Then I went to Midas with my own $200 purchased alt. And it'd be $100/hr however long it'd take. Should I keep looking around, is an Audi dealer a better choice, or what shops would you all recommend to take my car to?
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I think upwards of 700 - 1200 is a fair price for this job. 700 being with an aftermarket unit, and 1200 being with an OEM unit.

The disparity in pricing is probably stemming from people getting quotes from places that have no idea what's involved in an alternator replacement on an A6 and then they are stuck charging the quoted labor. I can't see a shop doing this for about 200 in labor knowing what's involved in the process.

Funny story, I once talked to a guy who works at a local mom and pop shop and he told me he did an alternator replacement on a 3.0 and said he didn't have to take the front off or put it in the service position. He said, "It was like giving birth... I'm a mechanic, it's what I do." This isn't the correct response. I don't even want to know what he bent/broke/abused to make this even possible without extra room from being in the service position.

Bottom line: Find a good indie shop that knows German cars, or do this job yourself - it's not terribly difficult. $300 all in screams they have no idea what they're doing.
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So I'm here reading these posts on how you guys are getting such good prices on costs. From a total of 300 to 1200 by some of you are crazy. I just got slammed with $686 at an alternate Audi repair shop. Then I went to Midas with my own $200 purchased alt. And it'd be $100/hr however long it'd take. Should I keep looking around, is an Audi dealer a better choice, or what shops would you all recommend to take my car to?
where are you located ??

might be able to recommend a shop ?

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