Originally Posted by Palarran
I should add that the alternator
on my Audi went out yesterday. I got a quote to replace it today - $900 and if it needs an idler arm, add another $200. It's all relative.
1) That includes labor - not just parts
2) The idler should be about $40. That's what they are on BMWs and MBs.
3) Audi is part of VW AG. Their parts are THE most expensive of "regular car" parts - up to and including BMW and Mercedes.
4) You probably went to the dealer. We have 5 MB vehicles, and I wouldn't think of spending that much on an alternator. Maybe $250, including labor.
Let me know which Audi year/model you have. I'm sure I can get you a good deal from our indy on both the alternator and the idler pulley.