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Old 08-01-2019, 03:12 PM
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help me pick correct alternator

hey guys,

been trying to figure out what part number i need to order for my 2007 e70 3.0.

When i look this up on getbmwparts, and other websites, it returns results for amps. 180, and 220.

It says the 180 is for 4 zone climate, and adaptive. my x5 has the climate control in the front and back, but i do not think it has adaptive driving.

the 220 says its for use w/o 4zone climate. so im confused as to which one to order.

can you guys point me in the right direction. my vin is 5UXFE43567LY83734

additionally is there anything other than the alternator that would cause the charging malfunction light? the battery was replaced last year, and the dealer did the thing in the computer to make it recognize that the batter was replaced.

I do have experience working on cars, but not so much with BMW's, so im hoping that i can just get an alternator that would be plug and play to swap out with the one
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Old 08-01-2019, 03:44 PM
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The part number for the alternator you need is 12317560985. It's the 180 amp alternator. I agree...it can be very confusing, and I have been thru all of this recently. Instead of just buying another alternator, you can also just replace the voltage regulator for less than $40 and that may fix your issue...it did for me. Here is the link to the Bosch voltage regulator you will need:

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Old 08-01-2019, 04:54 PM
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Also check the ground strap going from the engine to the body.
2009 35d, 2006 325i & 330i
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Old 08-01-2019, 10:11 PM
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so is this message im getting specific to an alternator issue, or could it be a battery?
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Old 08-01-2019, 11:11 PM
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also could someone point me to the DIY for this, ive been searching but keep finding e53 alternator DIY's.

Just looking to see what i need to do to get the belt off. looks like its going to be simple once the belt is removed. I only see 4 bolts holding it on.
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Old 08-02-2019, 06:40 AM
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With an inspection mirror you can read/photo the label on the firewall side of the alternator. It should be 180A. Be sure to order new alternator bolts.
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Old 08-03-2019, 08:09 AM
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Www.newtis.info use last 7 of vin and you'll have the procedure.
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