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Which alternator to buy???


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#1 Nicko1245

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Posted 15 October 2005 - 09:22 PM

My alternator in my 91 Legacy just went out and I am trying to figure out which one to buy. Here are my choices and you guys let me know which one you think I should get. Autolite, Duralast, Beck Arnley, and the Napa Supreme. Any feedback and suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks

#2 subiefan

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Posted 15 October 2005 - 10:08 PM

Subarus tend to be finicky about aftermarket parts. I don't know about alternators though. I would say the NAPA one is probably the best out of those though. I have had good experiences with their parts.

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Posted 16 October 2005 - 01:20 AM

have been running a pep boys unit for over 100K. First one died within 24 hours, replaced no problem and fine since

Rememer most "OEM" units are really manufactured by 3rd party suppliers these days.

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Posted 16 October 2005 - 05:51 AM

I recommend having it rebuilt at a reliable shop. I have seen alts from those stores you listed, torn down at a friend's rebuilding shop, & all that was ever done was patchwork, clean, & paint!!

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Posted 16 October 2005 - 07:31 AM

Buy a rebuilt from 1stsubaruparts.com (Auburn Subaru) - $67 plus shipping (plus $50 charge until original core is returned).
I just replaced the alt in my 96 OBW going this route.

12mo/12k warranty....

866-528-5282 talk to Jason in Parts

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Posted 16 October 2005 - 09:10 AM

Buy a rebuilt from 1stsubaruparts.com (Auburn Subaru) - $67 plus shipping (plus $50 charge until original core is returned).
I just replaced the alt in my 96 OBW going this route.

12mo/12k warranty....

866-528-5282 talk to Jason in Parts


Went exactly the same route a couple of years ago and alt is still fine.

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Posted 16 October 2005 - 01:03 PM

Buy a rebuilt from 1stsubaruparts.com (Auburn Subaru) - $67 plus shipping (plus $50 charge until original core is returned).
I just replaced the alt in my 96 OBW going this route.

12mo/12k warranty....

866-528-5282 talk to Jason in Parts

Are you sure on that price? Its seems way to cheap for an alternator. I dont think I have found one in years for under 100.00 dollars, for any car I have had. If this is correct then this is the best buy. However if it is not then I would buy the one from Auto Zone with the lifetime warranty and never worry about having to buy another one for that car again as long as you own it.

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Posted 16 October 2005 - 02:02 PM

Yep, thats the price, I'm waiting for my credit on the old core.

I actually screwed up on returning the old core: When you receive the rebuilt it will come in a white box inside the shipping box. The white box you will use to send the old alt back, and it has FROM: and TO: fields with the TO: field already printed with Subaru of America address in Ohio. Well, you need to send it back to Auburn Subaru in Washington state. They then ship a gross amount of old alts back to the SOA address, they get credited and credit you.

Anyway Jason at Auburn straighten out my mistake and I should be receiving my credit soon on the old core (I hope...)

Note: You do have to pay the shipping on the old core back to Auburn.

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Posted 16 October 2005 - 02:04 PM

The price is right. I went with an alterantor from them after Autozone gave me the thrid defective unit...:banghead: It's a Subaru OEM, and has not given me any trouble.

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Posted 16 October 2005 - 08:35 PM

Well that is where I will buy my next alternator, I have around 250,000 miles on the one I have now. Thanks for the insight.

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Posted 17 October 2005 - 10:30 AM

Autozone, Advance, Discount, Pepboys, etc, etc. sell what I call " Patchwork rebuilds." I know for a FACT, that all the rebuild person does is replace what is defective, clean & paint. A " shiny" alternator may look good but be used junk inside. I have seen many torn down that were supposedly rebuilt from those retailers.

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Posted 17 October 2005 - 01:11 PM

Autozone, Advance, Discount, Pepboys, etc, etc. sell what I call " Patchwork rebuilds." I know for a FACT, that all the rebuild person does is replace what is defective, clean & paint. A " shiny" alternator may look good but be used junk inside. I have seen many torn down that were supposedly rebuilt from those retailers.

I think what you say happens, but I dont think it is the general practice.

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Posted 19 October 2005 - 06:21 AM

Yes,I have seen the " patchwork" rebuilds firsthand. A friend has a local rebuild shop in my hometown, & he & I took a tour of a competitors shop. This place has all immigrants working there " rebuilding" for major parts houses like Autozone, etc. Autozone will not buy from my friends shop because he is too expensive.[ he is thorough] They buy from this other guys shop, because all his " rebuilds" are $15/each. WHAT do you think you can get for $15 ?




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