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71 280se alternator questions


It seems that the alternator of my 71 280se broke, so I have a few questions:
What is the most common reason for an alternator to break?
Do I need to completely replace it or are there repair kits available (if yes, where?)?
Where would be the best place to get a new/refurbished one?

I have removed the old one and found that the bushings are not in particularly good shape anymore (actually, they look terrible). Is it possible to get new ones, or does it not make sense to replace those?

Looking on the web, i found several places that sell MB alternators. What confused me is the huge price difference between differend retailers - the Bosch part number of the original piece is 0 120 400 722, which is sold for ca. $280. However, sites like "thebenzbin.com" offer 55A alternators for 1round $80. what are the differences? Is it worth spending $280 - the car is far from show-room conditions...

And finally a silly quesiton: can I drive the car without the alternator in it - just to change the side of the street?

Thanks for your help,
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