Bout that time,, where's everyone getting their alternators at the best price & what alternator is best?
So with that, what brand alternator did you get & where..112k miles hereFor what it's worth, mine failed around 115,000 miles, and when I shopped for my ride I came across other similar (BMW M62) rides that also had alternator replacements, so it seems that it's not uncommon for these to fail around then. (I'm sure the failure mileages can vary quite a bit between rides.) The water-cooled BMW alternators have an impressive and cool way of sometimes failing spectacularly, with normality one minute and all sorts of screaming, clouds of rubber smoke, and a broken drive belt just a few minutes later. Quite impressive, really, a performance worthy of an Oscar. I can't speak for others, but for me this would now be a 100K+ mile task for an M62 (for the few lower-mileage examples left): Bite the bullet and PREVENTIVELY replace the water pump, radiator and alternator (and possibly even transmission cooler) around that mark since I routinely drive my L322 in remote areas like Death Valley and the Sierras. I saved a lot of money on the low vehicle purchase price, so I can throw money at preventive repairs like that to eliminate knowing tow truck drivers by name. Sounds like perhaps you're doing the same?
Hi Ron,One day I may get around to putting new bearings in the old alternator - if I can get it apart. It's bloody reluctant to release the screws even with an impact driver.
I use these guys from UK for my M62 L322 bits . Looks like they do have watercooled Bosch/Hella alternatorBout that time,, where's everyone getting their alternators at the best price & what alternator is best?