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Should I have bought a "Leece Neville" alternator that's not OEM?
After extensive research, I ordered a specific model of a Leece Neville alternator from a shop that rebuilds and sells new alternators in my town. The shop owner and i looked in a catalogue and agreed that was the one.
When it arrived the next day, I noted that the regulator said Leece Neville on it and it looked exactly like the photos I had seen on-line. I noticed that there was not a Leece Neville stamp on the body of the alternator or any identifying marks. When asked about that, the shop owner finally said although it was new, not a rebuild, it was just not OEM, but it was "just like" a Leece Neville. Is that another term for fake knock-off? I declined to buy it because he couldn't tell me any more about it and wouldn't let me talk to the company he ordered it from so I could find out if it was really a Leece Neville, but just didn't have the stamp. Now I plan on buying from one another shop in Oakland that says they have an OEM one. There alternator is selling for 39.00 more, which I will gladly pay for the satisfaction of knowing it is less likely to croak half way to Hawaii.
But for all I know, the alternator that was ordered for me in my town is just as good as an OEM? Does anyone have any opinions on non OEM vs. OEM alternators?
Silly me, everyone on this site has an opinion. Thats what makes my boat go when there isn't any wind.
Last edited by justonemoreproject; 05-23-2012 at 09:43 AM.