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7 Series - E65 / E66 (2002 - 2008)
Discussion of BMW's 4th generation E65/E66 7 Series flagship. The E65 generated much controversy, due to its radical styling and iDrive user difficulties. Nonetheless, the E65 broke records to become the best-selling 7-series iteration ever, especially after its 2005 facelift.

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Old 10-04-2012, 06:22 PM
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wjjklj wjjklj is offline
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Mein Auto: 2013 BMW 750Li X-Drive
Replaced Mine today also

I replaced mine today also but it was on a 2004 745i and it was air cooled. I found a great deal at BMAParts on a Valeo unit (same brand as my original alternator) for $255.00. I used coupon code specE30 to save 5% plus free shipping. The alternator was brand new and not rebuilt. No core charge either. I also bought new belts. The only problem I had was that I broke the belt tensioner so had to order another one for $40.

Why I have the fan shroud out and everything opened up I am going to replace the water pump and all hoses.
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Old 10-05-2012, 07:30 AM
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Mein Auto: 03 745i E65
Nice!! Yeah, once I took the off the fan and plastics, I noticed that water pump, oil pump and some of the other pesky things that fail over the years are fairly easy to get to on this car. You're probably doing the right thing by getting it out of the way early. Wish I could too, but I'm broker than a joke as of late lol. Good luck with the repairs!!
03' 745i bone stock
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Old 10-14-2012, 11:08 PM
YMCMB1369 YMCMB1369 is offline
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alpinaman24 if your still having trouble my shops in woodland hills we can do it for you

Hey alpinaman24 where is your shop located I'd like to bring in my 2004 745i I live in Burbank ??
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Old 02-07-2015, 10:44 AM
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Mein Auto: 2002 745LI
I wear a side 15 ring and my hands are huge it took me about three days of research and finally i just pulled my alternator , my god i do not know what I would do without you guys!
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Old 08-31-2015, 04:59 PM
Jesse Jones Jesse Jones is offline
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Mein Auto: 2003 745i BMW
Bottom Altenator stabilizer

Hey, how are you guys? I can't seem to pull my water cooled Altenator out of my 2003 745i because there is one final stabilizer that will not let it out that is right beneath the Altenator, any suggestions would help.
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