So I've been chasing this cold start squeaking sound (initially) and then a hot whining sound (finally) out of my engine bay for a few weeks, but the whining sound only came on for an afternoon and then disappeared... before today. Thought nothing of it except maybe it was the PCV system acting up or a belt slipping. So today driving home from work, the whine was back. Now it was more persistent and prenounced than ever before. But I figured since the car ran well and otherwise had no signs of issues, that it was a bad tensioner pulley. Minding my way home on the interstate, I start getting dash lights and info messages, then only idling power, then no power, then no lights, then nothing. As I glided to a graceful stop amidst stop and go traffic on top of a overpass, I found myself wishing I had followed my instincts and replaced the alternator the first time the whining showed up. So anyways, now I'm in a bit of a bind and I'd like to hear some suggestions: since my FoMoCo 3M5T-10300-SD alternator couldn't even make it 135k miles (seriously, I've never had an alternator crap out on me), I'm very reluctant to replace it with another FoMoCo alternator or get it rebuilt (if I even can).... and new is out of the question financially. So, is there a superceded alternator from a C30 that will work without some sort of weird Volvo regulator issue? I noticed this Bosch unit on ebay... thoughts?