The Bosch alternator Sidmalik fitted came from Euro Car Parts; retail cost is today around £500 exchange including VAT, although as usual there are various alternatives in terms of brand and quality, and so on. Best bet is just to ring, with your car’s VIN, and see what’s on offer. Note that some cars have alternators with conventional fixed drive pulleys, others with free-wheel devices. Replace with one of themore reliable fixed-hub units if you have the chance. New fromporsche, an alternatormight typically cost around £526 plus VAT, again exchange, but some earlier units are available only for outright purchase at – wait for it! – £1714.18 plus VAT.
There is one other alternative to these solutions, of course, and that is to have your existing generator repaired and/or overhauled as required. We spoke to Simon Hepworth at locally well-known auto-electricians Rees & Allen in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, and he quoted us around £85 plus VAT for a new regulator (which is the component thatmost often fails, it seems), with bearings and pulley and so on at extra cost as required – but all just as affordable. They can also test the alternator (off the car) and/or regulator for just £5 plus VAT, which again could be a bigmoney-saver.
All of their generator (and startermotor) overhaul work comes with a 12-month warranty, and they can also deal with complex wiring repairs, up to and including themaking and installation of complete new ‘harnesses’. (The last time this writer was there they were rewiring an Astonmartin Lagonda – that’s the ferociously complex 1970s job designed by Williamtowns.) Note, however, that you will have to remove and refit the alternator yourself – although some other companiesmight have the facilities to do this for you. But then you’ve read this story, so why would you need that?
Rees & Allen, should you be in the Aylesbury area of Buckinghamshire and the Home Counties – and we believe they are well worth travelling a fewmiles for – can be contacted on 01296 483586. Porsche-torque is in Uxbridge, Middlesex. Call 01895 814446, or go to porsche-torque.co.uk. And our thanks to all concerned for their help with this story.