Macline 4/14/2010Well i do that alternators charge your battery, and probably does other things for your cars eletronics. I do know that the price of an alternator for your 2006 mini cooper 4cly 1.6l goes for $ 185.99 at autozone an thats if you turn in your old alternator. if not then buying the part withoug turning in the old one will cost you $233.99. You may be able to find it cheaper somewhere else but thats just one place i know of.
RC 4/14/2010The alternator charges the battery and powers the vehicle electrical systems. The labor time is 1.8 hr to replace the alternator on a 2006 Mini.