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      06-30-2022, 08:01 AM   #1
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Drives: BMW X3
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Location: NB Canada

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Charging Malfunction

Last week driving close home , an alarm showed off on the screen .

"Charging malfunction
Battery is not recharging. Stop Carefully. Consult nearest service center."

I went to a BMW workshop , they concluded that the alternator must be replaced and that those alternator are not serviceable. I have my doubts about it.

this the first time I have an alternator failure on a car. they car has 120.000 km (74,000 miles)

Check with BMW dealer they quote $1,600 Cad ( $1,240 US), but they don't have it on stock and could be months to get one.

this is the part number :

BMW Alternator - Denso 12317605479 , 14V, 210 Amp

searching online there are all kinds of prices from $ 350 to $1200... no easy to decide which option with that large difference.
so I went to a reputable online stores

I looked on ECS tuning $ 842

Fcp Euro $351...

the part number are the same.. so I order from FCP Ero.. the alternator is installed and working.. it is the same brand looks identical , looks new.
Really I don't know what would be the difference between the BMW original part ( that is also Denso) and the others suppliers to justify that large difference in price.

Anybody know if this alternators can be repaired?
Appreciate 0