Alternater life span
On the average, how long does the alternater lasts on the 3.0 V6?
I replaced mine in MAy 2005 with a new one but,last night, when i started her up, the battery light came on. Assumed it's the alternater.
Spoke to my regular mech. and he says it's a common problem due to the heat and it's proximity to the hot exhaust.. Consulted another ex-166 owner and he had to replace his at about 2 yrs of ownership.
Should I replace with a new one ( costs RM2300 here ) or, as advised by my mech, send it for a rewind and add an extra 2 rectifiers to beef it up.Costs about RM600 but dun know anything about it's reliability. It's been done before for a couple of units from Hong Kong .
I am about to go on a 4,500 km trip with AROC Malaysia to Angkor Wat, Siem Reap , Cambodia and don't want to be stranded there.
Any advise appreciated. Thanks for reading.
Cheers from Malaysia