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repeated alternator failures on 12v VR6, A3s?

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I have a 98 Golf VR6 and am on my third alternator (the extended coverage turned out to be useful after all). The folks at the local dealership are perfectly good at fixing it, not so helpful on persistent causes.
Has anyone had any similar trouble with persistent fails? The car just gets basic daily use and the occasional long haul trip (plus necessary demonstrations to various yahoos that their reflexes are slow and so is their car). The only change to the car from stock is a Blaupunkt in-dash and changer, and the alternator probs started before that...
Any explanations, alternatives, suggestions of interest.
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Re: repeated alternator failures on 12v VR6, A3s? (vwhaggis)

My 97 B4's alternator, died at around 18K miles. The rebuilt replacement that the dealer put in under warranty, seems to be doing well at 80K miles. There must have been a bad batch from the OEM that got into the production line. As a reference, typical alternator life on my previous cars, (Hondas) was about 90K miles.
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