You're darting across the open highway with your windows down and the wind blowing on your face. That's already quite the experience; however, it just isn't complete without rock music blasting from your radio. Thus you turn on your radio and tune in to your go-to FM station that plays nothing but Led Zeppelin, Cream, The Doors, AC/DC, The Rolling Stones, and other hard-hitting artists. Needless to say your radio's volume is turned all the way up--that's the only way to listen to the songs of those classic bands, after all. But after singing your lungs out on a few songs, the volume began to dip. This continued until only a faint sound is coming out of your speakers. Naturally, you stop on a roadside to see what's up. And upon inspection, you found out that the radio is not the problem. Instead, the radio's power source--the alternator--seems to be the culprit since your other automotive accessories seem to be malfunctioning as well. Obviously, your alternator is going bad. You'll need a replacement for it, of course. Let's see if a Bosch alternator is up to the task.
- A remanufactured product
- OE replacement
- Uses a serpentine pulley (pulley not included)
- 100% full-load tested
- Has an amperage output of 90
- Regulator style: Internal
- Rotates in a clockwise manner
- Has six grooves
- Comes with a two-year Bosch limited warranty
After extensive testing with our Mercedes Benz E320, these are what we observed:
- Installation was very straightforward.
- The Bosch alternator doesn't pose starting problems even at extreme temperatures.
- It produced little to no vibration. The same thing can be said for the sound. Basically, the product's operation was smooth all the way.
- The voltage output remained stable all throughout. The alternator wasn't affected by changes in temperature.
- With a price tag of approximately $200, the product is kind of expensive. There are plenty of cheaper alternatives from brands such as AC Delco, NSA, and Auto 7.
- Some people frown upon on remanufactured products, and that may include you. The Bosch alternator is most definitely durable, but counterparts that are made entirely of new materials may prove to last longer.
The Bosch alternator is highly reliable. Installation is easy and it worked really well on our E320. The product handled all of our vehicle's power requirements without problem. It's definitely up to the task, to answer the question posed earlier. With that said, this Bosch product is a very good option for an aftermarket alternator.