About a month ago we went away for a few days taking the GTV. Leaving a restaurant the first night to drive back to the hotel, lights seemed a bit dim and soon afterwards the speedo started playing up. By the time I got back to the hotel the dash was like a christmas tree with failing systems. Obviously the alternator which was the original and 13 years old. Oh well, these things happen. Just a shame it had to happen when we were away and I couldn't fix it myself
Following morning called the RAC and got sufficient charge to drive to a nearby RAC recommended garage to have the alternator fixed. Recommended garage took 6 hours even to give me a quote! Got the car back eventually ( the evening before we were to leave for home ).
Scroll forward to last Tuesday ( 5th ) and whilst out, on comes the charge warning light and the lights go dim. I was on the point of turning round to go home and get the 156 when the light went off and the headlights went back to normal. Then on Saturday, the warning light comes on again and stays on. Eventually the battery can't keep the car going anymore ( I almost made it home ) and another call to the RAC. Took the 'new' alternator out on Sunday and on Monday afternoon picked up another new alternator and started fitting it. That's when I found the horror stories left by the monkey who fitted the alternator when we were away. Pipes and cables not in their guide clips, in-line connectors stuffed under the engine mount instead of being in their clips and the ultimate - the B+ terminal on the alternator was loose. That could be why it failed. I finished installing it on Tuesday afternoon. I fire the car up to a horrific howling noise. The new, new alternator has a bad bearing.
I get that replaced today and have just finished fitting a new, new, new alternator. This one doesn't have a howling bearing and no warning light.
Next problem, I know I'm in for a huge battle getting my money back from the clown who fitted the first new alternator
At least I paid by credit card and have the Consumer Credit Act on my side.