If you think Audi parts are expensive....

Dan DiBiase d_dibiase at yahoo.com
Wed May 16 07:02:08 EDT 2007

cobram at juno.com wrote: Spoke with a friend of mine today, he works at a Mercyless Benz/Maybach
dealership as a tech.  Swapped out an alternator on one today, a water
cooled alternator.  When the alternator went out it took out some
electronics in the instrument cluster.  Car is still under
warranty....warranty repair submitted to Maybach.....$21,000.  Yep,
twenty one thousand dollars.  Alternator is around $10k, cluster around
$10k + $1k in labor.

A water cooled alternator? I dunno, combining electricity and water seems strange to me. Another strange design is in my MGB - they put the heater valve (which controls coolant flow into the heater) DIRECTLY above the distributor. So when the valve goes, it leaks water onto the distributor. Guess they did that instead of a warning light, because you definitely know when your heater valve is leaking!

Dan D
'04 A4 1.8Tq MT-6
Central NJ USA

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