I ordered a new Leece Neville 8SC3133U alternator
(100 amps * 24v and based on the same frame and parts
as the 175 amps * 24v version so derated and overbuilt) to keep as a spare. I did it through the auto electric
guy who is repairing my primary one instead of buying
it on line because -- well, I like to give those guys this business wherever possible.
I paid £475 for it, which is nearly $700 -- not a cheap price
-- and what does the barsteward do, but deliver to me a WAI/Transpo m5-396-25617-24v, which is a Chinese copy
Now I have to decide whether to give it back, or to keep it and demand a price
Anyone have any experience with these? I believe they are direct copies, so the parts
are interchangeable with the real thing. I also read somewhere that WAI components are considered to be high quality.
If the last thing is true, then I wouldn't mind such a thing as a spare. My old one should be good for another 17 years of service
; it's only paranoia that makes me want to have a spare.
Retail price of the WAI/Transpo unit here is £270 plus VAT and I suppose I can find it for less somewhere.
Opinions? Any real experience?