Date: Mon, 22 Nov 2004 15:45:22 +0100
From: Paul Brownjohn <>
Subject: Re: Change alternator

Gemini Jackson wrote: > On Mon, 22 Nov 2004 12:57:20 +0100, Paul Brownjohn > <> wrote: > > >>Hi >> >>Anyone out there know how long a garage should charge for changing an >>alternator change.....I recently got charged 5 hours labour for one and >>I thought that was a bit excessive. >> >>Cheers >> >>Paul BJ > > > It took me several days on my 97 900SE. saved a few bucks though. In > retrospect, it's not too difficult, I was just unused to working on a > Saab (US cars were my specialty). Anyone with experience could have > had it off and a new one on in about 1-2 hours. > > ~GJ~ > Should have mentioned....its a 1992 9000 2.3 fpt... Last time I had this done (by the local Saab dealer) it cost me 700 for a recon Bosch alternator incl fitting and they charged me 4.5 hrs labour. This time I went to an auto-electrical specialist and he has put a recon Bosch one on for 300 incl fitting! He reckons the job takes 2.5 hrs ("...if you know what you are doing, it is a bit of an awkward one, a Saab 9000...." he said) Thing I am gutted about is that I still have the other car with its nearly brand new alternator which I am gradually breaking up for spare parts. Problem is in Belgium and I, and my other, broken-down Saab 9000, are in Luxembourg. The same Saab dealer recently tried to sell me a 9000 Aero (the Saab I have always wanted) that broke down on the 10 minute road test! This may not be the most gifted Saab dealer in the world! Cheers Paul BJ

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