1997 BMW Z3 serpentine belt

Tiny
TEEDIE
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  • 1997 BMW Z3
  • 4 CYL
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 97,000 MILES
Is the serpentine belt which runs around alternator also the same which goes around AC.I know it is very long.

what if a mechanic puts on 2 separate belts instead of the long one?

how could replacing these two belts cost over $80.00 just for the belts (not labor)?
thanks
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Monday, January 5th, 2009 AT 8:29 AM

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Tiny
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The A/C belt and the alternator/power steering pump/water pump belt are two seperate belts. The cost of these belts is determined by the margin of profit the garage makes. If you price the belts at a parts house, they will most certainly be less expensive. The downside of a free market economy is that there are repair shops out there that are only in it for the $$$$$$$$$ and thats all I have to say about that.
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Monday, January 5th, 2009 AT 11:55 AM

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