I bought my wagon with a bad alternator back in March. $800.
Had the shop selling it replace the alternator for me (Didn't realize it was a ten minute job back then). $150.
Two CV axles installed, four tires mounted and balanced, 4 wheel alignment, inspection, a battery, a replacement alternator for the replacement that blew up, power steering pump, serpentine belt, 10 wheel lugs and nuts, and one of those awesome headlight restoration kits in the silver package, I'm out about $600. Ya, I work at a parts store and know some dealerships techs
$1550 spent so far. Everything except ABS works, but I'm due for a timing job, the clutch is ready to go, and I'm leaking oil from Every. Single. Seal. So it's time for a relatively cheap swap.