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E39 (1997 - 2003)
The BMW 5-Series (E39 chassis) was introduced in the United States as a 1997 model year car and lasted until the 2004 when the E60 chassis was released. The United States saw several variations including the 525i, 528i, 530i and 540i. -- View the E39 Wiki

 
 
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Old 11-28-2012, 11:04 AM
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Mein Auto: 530I/5SC 97-528/5
USA Industries Alternator from Rockauto

OK, so my 97's alternator has 189K miles, but still pushes out 14.1 Volts days in and out can't complain too much here. However, I can hear some groaning sounds specially under load.

I took a chance and bought a re-manufacture Bosch 140A from Rockauto that is made by USA Industries for about $140 after core refund, you can't beat the price here.

I was a little pessimistic and wonder if they replace all the necessary parts, bearings voltage regulator and etc...

Upon its arrival and a quick check I was very impressed, looks like new and bearings feels like new.

Installed it this morning. Started the car up and all was nice and quiet. Opened test number 9 Voltage readings were very consistent at 14.2 Volts. I'm satisfied

I highly recommended.

Of course some pics to go along with the story. Enjoy!




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