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I have an '02 2.8L V6 and it is difficult. I just had it done not more than 2 weeks ago. You can order the part at an auto parts store, mine was a bit over $200. Then I called places around town that could work on foreign cars and I had it fixed over night.

It was difficult on my car because the V6 engines have the alternator on the right side under the engine, BUT if you have the 4 cylinder engine it at the very top and easy to access and should not take as long as it did for me.

Also I have been checking eBay for a starter on my car and noticed that alternators are a lot cheaper 2nd hand.

AnswerI am now in the market for this repair. My non-VW dealer has quoted me $700 for the part and about 8 hours for labor, so my guess would be yes, much more involved than a US-made car. Never will I buy a VW again! AnswerI don't believe so. You can try the link at the right for detailed DIY instructions. It helped me. This question has also been asked before and you may find help in the FAQ list.
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