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The lights (both interior and exterior) flicker on my 2006 Brera 2.2 JTS SV, most noticeably at idle. My local garage (not an Alfa specialist) told me I need a new alternator. Is this likely to be the case, or could there be another cause?

If I do need a new alternator, I'm reluctant to splash the necessary cash on a brand new part, and have seen a few used/re-conditioned ones advertised on eBay for substantially less. Is a used alternator a safe bet, or should I play safe and buy a new one?

Any advice welcome...
 

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I have the same problem on my 2006 Brera 2.2 JTS, which I'm assuming is down to a broken alternator. Did you get yours sorted in the end? Any advice? Thanks.
 

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I lived with the problem for quite a while thinking that it wasn't anything terminal, until last weekend the car died completely. I've gambled on a secondhand alternator off eBay which I'm currently having fitted, so hopefully that will sort it.

There were very few secondhand alternators on eBay for the 2.2 JTS, and for some reason they were much more expensive than those for the diesel or V6. I paid about £200, a re-conditioned one is £300, and I believe a new one is closer to £500. My suggestion is that you replace the alternator sooner rather than later before you're left stranded in the middle of nowhere...
 

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Hi 68fastback,

Any feedback on the secondhand alternator? I took a gamble and changed the rectifier assuming that was the problem but it's made no difference.

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Yup, I'm one month in and the alternator I got off eBay seems to be performing fine. No more problems with flickering lights. In fact, the car is running better than ever - the engine had recently developed an annoying hesitation around 2000rpm (despite having previously had the ECU re-mapped) that was driving me nuts, but that seems to be cured too. Don't understand how a dodgy alternator can cause hesitation like that - perhaps someone can enlighten me?
 
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