Looks like I need a new alternator. After a drive of about 10 miles on Friday the car wouldn't start again when I came to return home. Bit of a surprise as didn't think it could be the battery as it started fine that morning at 6am in the cold!
Got home, turned engine off and went to restart it straight away and didn't start. Thought battery may have had enough charge in it after the drive back. As it didn't, alternator looked like the possible suspect, although I thought the alternator light would've come up on the dash. Charged battery back up to full as it was down quite a bit, then did voltage tests on alternator and it's only putting out just above 12V when it should be putting out 13.7-14.8V at 2000rpm according to Vx specs, so therein lies the problem. As it happened, on a short trip this morning the alternator light decided to show it's face on the way back.
Soooo, rang Vx to see what the deal is with an exchange alternator. Costs £260 for the alternator, I'll get 10% off that so makes it £234. When the old alternator goes back I then get £45+VAT back (£54) making the overall total £180. Hadn't expected the alternator to be that price or to get so little back on the old one!
Anyway, if that's the price then so be it, but thought I may as well ask to see if anyone has seen one going for a better price? I tried Car Parts Connexion but they don't have any.
The part numbers are either 93190894 for the non-exchange version or R1530087 for the exchange version.