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Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Carson City, NV
Just out of curiosity, are you sure it is a Bosch brand, and not a local rebuilder selling the alternators using the Bosch reference number?
Since the shop replaced it FOC, I'm guessing they sold you the first one? If you didn't see the actual box it came in, it is quite likely they are using a non-Bosch part. I mention this because local rebuilders can be either outstanding...... or not. Bosch, while nothing unique, has historically be consistent in their quality.
If a true Bosch alternator fails three times, my guess is that there is a heavy current draw on it somehow, causing it to run very hot for extended periods. As the shop did a bunch of other work, I'd have them back-pedal through their efforts to find the cause. I would think they would be getting weary of tossing up free alternators by now.
Carson City, NV
59 102 Touring (first Alfa $500 running)
65 Sprint GT (2nd Alfa, $500 daily driver)
102 Sprint (never did anything with it, but wish I had)
74 Berlina (first new car - now certainly rusted into oblivion)
61 Giulietta Spider G-Prod Race Car (where is it now?)
84 Spider Veloce (rarely drove it, so sold it)
86 Quadrifoglio (Dull car - no more 115s for me)
1971 Montreal "The Full Monty". Fair winds and following seas
59 102 Touring Roadster - restoration complete, enough Alfa for any rational man. Or irrational, for that matter
Oops. Add to the "present" list, 10204 01488, 2000 Touring Roadster project
Two 1946 Stampe SV4C (c/n 294 "Rocinante" - wife's favorite airplane. RIP), and c/n 235 "La Bon Temps Femme" (gone to a new home, but never forgotten)
Zlin 50LA (+9 -6 gees, titanium spar, 1200 lbs, 260HP rumored to now be in Brazil)
1946 Luscombe 8A
Starduster Too (recently spotted at the Nevada City, CA airport - over 20 years and an entire continent separating it from our stewardship in Binghamton, NY)
1955 Cessna 170B (wife taught me to fly tailwheel in this)
64 Mooney M20E ("Rambo". My faithful steed for over 40 years) Over 55 years old, and just returned from a trip to Argentina in him
Newest in the fleet
1967 Piper Super Cub on Wipline amphibious floats (a true "all terrain vehicle")
2010 Triumph Thunderbird
You can snap roll an Alfa only one time...