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Hi all, I have a 2015 Mini Cooper 4dr hardtop 1.5L 3cyl. The car has 51,000 miles on it, and the alternator just went out. I took it to the shop and have been quoted $1,375 to fix ($725 for alternator from Mini, $550 for labor)

I have had SO many issues with this car... Even though I love it, it does not have that many miles to have so many issues. I have shelled out thousands to this car so far in maintenance.

So my question is... can I buy a less expensive remanufactured alternator, or will this harm the car? The guy at the shop said he wouldn't do that, but I want to see if anyone else has any input, or if they have any experience with doing this? I don't want to waste time/money if this is the wrong move.

If I can't bring the cost of this repair WAY down, I am highly considering just selling the car, and getting into something else that isn't as costly. I am willing to replace the alternator myself, though it may take all day, to cut the cost.

Any answers are appreciated! Thank you!!
 

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For years if a car of mine had the alternator fail I have had it repaired rather than replacing, fraction of the cost of a new one.
 

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For years if a car of mine had the alternator fail I have had it repaired rather than replacing, fraction of the cost of a new one.
Stu, thanks so much for your reply! I hadn't considered this, that is a great idea. Are there special shops that do alternator repairs? I would image this repair is not something I would be able to myself?
 

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I'm in the UK and there's a guy local to me turns them round in 24 hrs he is a specialist starters, alternators and vehicle electrics. I guess if you searched local to you, you'd find someone doing the same thing.
 

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I'm in the UK and there's a guy local to me turns them round in 24 hrs he is a specialist starters, alternators and vehicle electrics. I guess if you searched local to you, you'd find someone doing the same thing.
Great, thank you again for your response! :) One last question.. did you take the alternator out yourself and bring it to the specialist? Or did the specialist remove it for you, fix it, and then put it back?
 

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The guy local to me does both but I take them off and take them to him not sure what the exchange rate is but he charges £60 for an electrical repair more for bearings or bad pulley but never needed that.
 
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