How much does it cost to replace an 1996 Saab alternator?
The cost of replacing a part is a very general question that unless specified exactly is hard to answer. First, is who is replacing the part? Is the Dealer, an independent repair shop, a junkyard, the guy next door or you doing the replacement. These will all yield different prices. Not to mention that within all of these will be different labor rates and different part price mark ups.Second, what is the quality of the part? Is it a name brand, generic (white box, economy), OEM or used part? All of these will be different. Price will even differ between name brands, sometimes significantly. Thirdly, What is the warranty of the part and who is offering the warranty (the shop the parts house or the manufacturer). Limited Lifetime will have restrictions. Lifetime warranty isn�t always the best part either. Fourthly, Each vehicle can have different options that will affect how long it takes to change a part or make it call for a different part. Such as heavy duty cooling system, air conditioning, 4x4�s may have a steel plate that may need removal, Automatic or manual transmission, the list goes on. Fifthly, What additional parts will be required? Long life coolant or standard coolant, R12 or R134a air conditioning freon if it needs to be discharged or replaced? Additional adapters other fluids that may need to be added or changed? All of this will affect price. Sixthly, is the car a new car or an older car? Labor manuals or guides are set up based on a new car. Additional time may be required due to seized or rusted bolts, additional aftermarket accessories that were installed etc. So you can see where there is a great potential for variances. I offer this insight: If you take it to an independent garage like I always recommend, consider how long they have been in business. What is the quality of there work, are they honest? (see the FAQ how do you choose an auto repair shop for additional insights).
All in all, it probably cost me more to have the car towed and the rental car for the 2 days it took to get the part and get it installed. We had already replaced the battery that week, per the advice of another mechanic.
I have been quoted $725 to replace the alternator on my 2000 9-5 by a local independent Saab mechanic. This seems rather exorbitant to me - the part appears to cost $200 - $300. Unfortunately I don't have much choice - I drove it there on an overnight battery charge... for 200-300, its a rebuilt...a new alternator is around 4 to 5 hundred, plus at least 2 hours to put it in so that price…
Prices are between and around, $120 - $170. Check out the Web Links for more information. This is for a rebuilt alternator. New ones can cost over $300. I got an estimate of $600 from a dealership. Replacing the alternator should take 2 - 3 hours @ $70 per hour. Best case scenario you'll spend $300 for a rebuilt alternator and the labor.
it is internal. you can replace it if you know what you are doing, but it is easier to buy a whole new alternator Answer: BS. it is not easier to buy a new alternator. it's like 5 screws and a few nuts to take out a voltage regulator, and they cost 10 bucks. an alternator costs a lot more than that.