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Alternator problem v70 2008

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Old Jun 26th, 2012, 16:36   #1
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Hi folks, I have a V70 (Aug 2008 D5 Sport) on which the alternator has just died. I had a tensioner recall last year and wonder if anyone has had problems with tensioners or alternators? The car has 41,000 miles on it. I would have thought a Volvo would be a bit more reliable! The repair cost is estimated at 750+ at a Volvo dealer. Any thoughts on whether another source of parts might be better?
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Old Jun 28th, 2012, 20:27   #2
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take it off and get it reconneda lot cheaper mate easy easy job
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Old Jun 28th, 2012, 22:29   #3
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Thanks for that. It is what I did in the end. It transpires there is no new one in the UK and has to come from Sweden. I only found that out from a dealer in Wawrick; my local dealer promised me they'd have a part the next day!
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just fitted a new alternator today 640
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Old Jul 2nd, 2012, 07:50   #5
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We have a September 2008 V70 D5 sport R-design, had the recall last year. Its just turned 40,000 miles this weekend !
That seems very expensive for an alternator. Who did you get to repair the alternator ?

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Old Jul 2nd, 2012, 10:24   #6
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A crowd called Unit Exchange. They were brilliant, picked up the unit from a garge in Belfast and would have had it back within 3-4 days (their time was only 1-2 hours!). I found them on the internet. They were knowledgable and polite, which is more than I can say for SMW Volvo in Belfast and Volvo Customer Relations (who seemed to me more interested in getting me to say that I knew I was driving the car away from the dealer at my own risk). I did phone a Volvo dealer in Warwick and they told me the part was unavailable in the UK, would take 4 days to arrive from Sweden and the cost was 650. The problem with the alternator was a burnt out rectifier diode which you can buy on ebay for a few pounds. I think that Volvo dealers and their mechanics ( or technicians!) lack the knowledge and expertise to do anything other than replace parts which are priced exorbitantly.
I emailed Volvo Global Customer Relations on Friday and am still awaiting a reply
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