can i use diferent alternators on my xc90 volvo

Asked by Sep 08, 2016 at 10:07 PM about the 2007 Volvo XC90 3.2 AWD

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I have to replace the alternator on my Volvo xc90. the dealer is quoting a price of $751.93. o'reillys has alternators for the xc90 for $209. it says it meets/exceeds OE standards. can I succsfully use a non Volvo alternator.  of course the dealer says only Volvo parts

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Yes you can use the cheaper one but the Volvo part will be of a better Quality


make sure the amp output is the same or more !


Get the lifetime warranty if offered, and if it stops working take it back for another one.


Of course the dealer would say that, he wants to sell you the overpriced factory e only thing I would recommend is that you get a brand name alternator, nothing that comes in a plain white box.For your car a Bosch alternator would be ideal.

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