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.
On my 90 VW Passat there are a total of 4 bolts that hold the alternator in place. Two at the top left are associated with the slotted metal bar that is used to slide the alternator back and forth to slip off the belt. The other two at the bottom (right and left) of the alternator are what you need to loosen to allow the alternator to pivot back and forth along the slotted bar. Loosen the top bolt first then the remaining two at the bottom to release the tension. You may need to use minor (hand) force to pivot the alternator then slip off the belt. Note you will need some long box mm wrench's to reach the bottom bolts. Remember also if you end up removing or changing your alternator that you disconnect the negative on your battery first.
i also own a 96 passat GLX VR6 and it is alot of work to change the alternator in a vr6 you pretty much have to take the front of the car off you need to remove the headlights to get to the raidator then you have to remove the radator to get to the alternator from there its a pretty simple process you need to remove the belt from the alternator then remove the bolts that hold it on and put the new one on and use a screwdriver to replace the belt onto your new alternator then you have to put the whole front of the car back on hope that helps
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