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I need to replace the alternator on my 2003 VW passat 6cyl. I took it to a shop that said that VW is there specialty. The price for the labor and alternator almost did me in. just trying to see if I was about to be taken advantage of, They said the 2003 passat takes one of three possible alternators and mine took the most expensive of the three. I just need a ballpark figure for the repair. It has already been determined what repair is needed. Thanks

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Prices of the alternators on line range any where from $150 to$ 380
Labor wise shouldn't take more than 2hr to R&R remove and replace This is a ball park figure

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I found out I need a new alternator for my 2003 VW passat. I was told there are 3 possible alternators also. I was quoted $425 for the Bosch alternator part plus 3 hours of labor to replace. I was given a range of $300 - $550 for part. I guess I'm the middle price.

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