i don't need one, i'm just curious if that day arises. The reason i ask, is yesterday i was with my brother in his 2004 toyota matrix and we went shopping at Walmart, came out and his matrix refused to start. I suspected it was either alternator or the starter as the car was completely dead, the headlights and radio worked tho.....and we replaced his battery with a new one about 2-3 weeks ago. I called around a dozen mechanical shops in my city for a new replacement starter and labour, got as high quotes from $300 Starter/ $90-100 labour.......$$350 combined bef0re tax, $120 Hour labour/$270 starter. Finally i called a shop i personally deal with the past 15 years and my hunch paid off: $296 for starter and labour plus taxes. $35 oil and filter charge and a $80 tranny fluid flush. I did not inquire about how much a new starter might be for my 06 Xtrail, but seeing how some parts are rediculously overpriced on the truck, i would expect something very expensive given this Matrix is a very common vehicle and based on a toyota corolla, the starter and labour Should be cheap. Heck, last time i changed out a starter, it was on my father's second family car back in 1989....that was on a 1984 Chevy Chevette. I think that was about $75? for the part and we installed it ourselves in 20 minutes or so. So have any of you replaced your starter? how about the alternator? Pricey or reasonable?