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I need this answered real bad. My Alt took a crap today, and i have to get it replaced. I want to get the duralast but they dont show they have one for thew 2001 Cougar even though they have one for the 99 Cougar. I havent actually taken mine out yet, but i am going to tomarrow. I know i can just take it down there and have them check, but i figured someone here would know.
 

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When looking at the two alts, side by side, the mounting holes are completly different. Any alt that will fit one application needs to use the same case. Using that logic, if built properly, no alt that will fit a 99 Cougar, will fit a 01 Cougar.

Also, from my experience, aftermarket alts are complete ****. I replaced my original alt with a MC alt, and have had no problems. MC recently changed vendors, and thus far we have had very good results with the new ones. If mine were to ever fail again, I personally would never go for an aftermarket alt....even thought my cost difference is roughly $150.
 

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No, not off hand. I know that Pep Boys and Bumper to Bumper both had listings the last time I checked. Good price, good warranty...but lousy life.

Check around, but be sure to get one with a good warranty....and ask if they warranty labor as well. Also, if any of them list it as a 98-02 Cougar alt...stay away. I have seen that more than a few times, where outside companies list many non-compatible parts as 98-02 Cougars. Only to find out it's replacement for the 99-00 only.
 
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