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The Alternator on my 1999 996 failed and the local main Porsche dealer quoted a staggering £571 - yes 571 UK pounds for an alternator!!!!!!!!!!!! Then there was an hour labour to fit.

I got a brand new Bosch alternator from a parts supplier in London including courier for £220 - on an exchange basis. And guess what - when the old one came out - exactly the same - a Bosch - and identical to the new one.

So by my reckoning the Porsche box and the part number cost around £351 - now that is brand power!!

And no they can't claim it was cost of holding spares etc because they didn't have one in stock!!

And I see that in the USA the parts can be sourced for 200 - 300 dollars.

Long live rip off Britain.

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