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View Poll Results: My bonneville has eaten ___ alternators that I know of!
None that I know of 13 39.39%
1 6 18.18%
2 5 15.15%
3 3 9.09%
4 5 15.15%
5 1 3.03%
6 or more (time to buy an extension cord for long commutes) 0 0%
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Old 09-10-2003, 12:02 AM   #21
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The District was on its 2nd but I never had to change it
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Ok I had 4 before I finally received a good one Napa has a great lifetime warranty but be ready to speed change alternators in the Napa parking lot.

I have had one return on the alternators and it was repaired.

The main reason I offer the high output alternators is because the warranty is as good as Napa and the options are better.

If you are happy with a Napa or Delco and it works for you I am the first to say go for it.

The main reason the ALT can die is the heat. All the alt companies I talked to reiterated this. The heat on the rear bearings can destroy the unit. The good stock units can last a long time though so they were most likely built well. I assume the remans floating around are the biggest problem because they are far from a good unit.

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Whoa, SSEi'* are 140? When I got a reman from Napa, they told me 105 was stock for SSE'* and i'*.
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Just out of curiosity, how many of you with alternator problems are driving portable concerts? I've owned I don't know how many cars, and I've only ever had one alternator go bad, and that was because I was overseas and the wife let the battery go damn near dry.
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The OEM alternator I removed from my car was 140. Autozone told me the same thing. They don't want to stock 2 different Alts for the Bonnevilles, so they go with the cheaper one. It'll work, but not for long. Then you're back buying a new battery.

The SSE only got a 105 from the factory, but I always thought with the same loaded electronics, that it and the SLE should have had the 140 also.
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So my Optima could be in jeopardy here? I sure as hell hope not. Should I go to Napa and demand a 140? I don't want to lose my lifetime warranty, nor do I want to lose my battery investment.
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Keep it the way it is. Your Optima is new and strong. At the FIRST sign of Alternator failure, get a better one.
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Old 09-10-2003, 06:33 AM   #28
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jr's3800, Where did you get your reman AC Delco at and what is it rated for?
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Anyone know what the stock alternator is on a 92 SE? On another subj when would be a good time to replace a serpentine belt? I looked at mine the other day and it appears to be in fairly good condition. Didn't see any signs of cracking or splitting. I don't know if it has ever been replaced or not.
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When the 3rd one failed, I bought a brand new "duralast" or something like that from Auto Zone. They claimed that it'* been redesigned to fix the known weaknesses. It has a lifetime warranty and cost around $130. It'* been on the '93 SSEi for about 2 years so far.

I wouldn't buy a standard "rebuilt" alt from Auto Zone or any other place, but that'* only because I already know that the alternators on these cars tend to fail sooner than they should.
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