So topside removal is not as simple as we thought? It doesn't seem to save any time compared to going below. At least your labour rate was reasonable. I had my alternator replaced by a Chrysler dealership (now defunct) - much more expensive labour rates plus a brand new (not re-con) alternator, so you can imagine how much that must have cost! At least it came with 2 yrs warranty. My old alternator is languishing in the garage; just needs new brush and slipring gear.