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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 08-27-2013, 08:56 PM
FLE39 FLE39 is offline
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Alternator noise...

Just started this week. Very noticeable at idle. I took the belt off and checked the idler pulley which only has 30k on it and it's fine. I spin the alt by hand and yup... making noise. Sounds like a bearing is going bad. 123k on it. looks original. I just got done doing the oil pan and all this work and now like 2 months later the alternator bearings go. This is my work car and now I don't feel confident driving it out of town. What are my options here... Napa?
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