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Hi I have a 64 plate xf s. It needs a new alternator. Is it best for original or aftermarket one. Both are exchange units. Big £££ difference. Tks
 

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The wise voice in my head is saying (in order of prefference):
1) New OEM
2) New (Independant)
3) Refurb OEM
4) Refurb (Independant)

But of course, this could all change depending on price and warranty offered.
 

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There is usually zero advantage to using OEM parts for common components (alternators, battery, brake pads, etc). Independent alternator of a decent brand should be fine.
 

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I here what you're saying and don't disagree in principle. The problem is knowing what is a decent brand. At least with an OEM part, an inexperienced person will know what they're getting.
 
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