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Took my Touareg into volkswagen dealership to have diagnostic checkup ($165) for charging/voltage issue. Their finding was bad alternator and estimated dealership cost with parts and labor a WHOPPING $4,400 most of it in labor they says around 20 hours of total labor time to replace from beginning to end.
So, my question to the rest of ya'll Touareg owners fanatics, who have dealt with alternator replacement issue, did you use dealership expertise to replace the bad alternator or did you use an aftermarket shop chain like Meineke, Firestone, Point S, etc. or an Independent auto repair shop??
NO I do NOTwant to do myself so please no posts about DIY, I just want to know COST either at your local dealership, aftermarket national chain auto repair, or independent auto repair shop. Ready set GO!
 

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I haven't watched the entire video but it might be worth your while to do so:


No one should be using a dealer on an old car like this!
 

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The dealers never knew how to work on the T1's when they first came out back in 03/04. They still don't know what they're doing. They raise the price to not take the job. Go find a good VW Audi mechanic in your area, the repair will prob be around 1,200-1,500 if I had to guess.
 

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I haven't watched the entire video but it might be worth your while to do so:


No one should be using a dealer on an old car like this!
TT: well this is another way of doing it and getting to that damn alternator. I've seen other videos where they are accessing from top sides of engine tearing everything down what a fn mess! Then the dealership says they will completely lift remove engine and I'm assuming go in from the bottom est. 20 hrs. labor total.
 

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The dealers never knew how to work on the T1's when they first came out back in 03/04. They still don't know what they're doing. They raise the price to not take the job. Go find a good VW Audi mechanic in your area, the repair will prob be around 1,200-1,500 if I had to guess.
T33: That's prob. what'll do so I'll be shopping around and getting around 3 estimates and choose the best one that I see fit. What about some those other national chain repair shops they worth looking into or just as naive and expensive as the big boys at the dealership!?!
 

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T33: That's prob. what'll do so I'll be shopping around and getting around 3 estimates and choose the best one that I see fit. What about some those other national chain repair shops they worth looking into or just as naive and expensive as the big boys at the dealership!?!
Any national chain has service advisors, they work off of commission. Their fresh outta high school Techs won't know how to work on the T1 either. Where are you located? You need to find a VW only shop.
 

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Any national chain has service advisors, they work off of commission. Their fresh outta high school Techs won't know how to work on the T1 either. Where are you located? You need to find a VW only shop.
T33: out here in Oregon about 2 hrs. east of Portland and hour half north of Bend. I'll prob. do most if not all my shop research in Portland.
 

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T33: out here in Oregon about 2 hrs. east of Portland and hour half north of Bend. I'll prob. do most if not all my shop research in Portland.
Why'd you give me directions like this 😂 Acting Like I finna pull up. I was just trying to see if I knew of any shops in your area
 

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I wouldn't go near a chain location for a repair. Def find a VAG specific Indy
 

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X2.

Don't forget the Cayenne is a Touareg so Porker specialists will know the model too (if they'll allow a VW in their workshop!).
 

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X2.

Don't forget the Cayenne is a Touareg so Porker specialists will know the model too (if they'll allow a VW in their workshop!).
Very true and many parts are interchangeable. Beware of the "Porsche tax" though. The 2 indies I've taken my 911 to are $150/hr and I would hesitate to take them anything diesel specific.
 

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Took my Touareg into volkswagen dealership to have diagnostic checkup ($165) for charging/voltage issue. Their finding was bad alternator and estimated dealership cost with parts and labor a WHOPPING $4,400 most of it in labor they says around 20 hours of total labor time to replace from beginning to end.
So, my question to the rest of ya'll Touareg owners fanatics, who have dealt with alternator replacement issue, did you use dealership expertise to replace the bad alternator or did you use an aftermarket shop chain like Meineke, Firestone, Point S, etc. or an Independent auto repair shop??
NO I do NOTwant to do myself so please no posts about DIY, I just want to know COST either at your local dealership, aftermarket national chain auto repair, or independent auto repair shop. Ready set GO!
Just had one done on my 2010 TDI. Independent auto shop did the work, I was told luckily I didn't have the watercooled alternator. The replacement alternator had to come from VW in Germany as they couldn't source one in the mainland.
Alternator cost approx $900 from Germany, with $900 remove and install.
 
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