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3-Series (E21, E30) Chat relating to the BMW 3-Series from 1975-1983 and 1984-1991 line. Specific models: BMW 315, BMW 316, BMW 318, BMW 318i, BMW 320/4, BMW 320i, BMW 320/6, BMW 323i, BMW 320i. E30 Family models include: BMW 325e, BMW 325i, BMW 325is, BMW 325ix.

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Old 08-17-2009, 04:12 AM   #1 (permalink)
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1991 bmw 320i e30 alternator

I need to replace my voltage regulator, looked at the repair manual and looked at my alterantor and could not see any similarities. It does not look like a bosch or motorola alternator. Could someone please identify it for me. One photo is looking down ontop of the alternator the other is the rear of the alternator.
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voltage regulator is built-in... Your are better off changing the whole alternator. The voltage regulator alone is prolly more expensive than a remanufactured alternator ;-)
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+1, It is more of a headache to try and swap the regulator out. Just get a new alternator.
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ok thats a bummer

Could you tell me what brand etc the alternator is so i know what i am looking for?

And could i just put a bosch alternator in or would it not fit?
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Could you tell me what brand etc the alternator is so i know what i am looking for?

And could i just put a bosch alternator in or would it not fit?
You can give the fellow^ above a call, they have good prices. Otherwise, call any parts shop, give them the year, make and model or you car... and they'll take care of you.

(option)If you have a brand on the alternator with a part number... have it at hand when u call.

There are probably 200 or so models of BOSCH alternators. They are not all the same:-) So best go by what's said above ;-)

Your Q comes strange to me, where you at bro? outside the US?
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The repair manual i have only explains swapping the bosch voltage regulators. This alternator is a valeo i found out aprantly the instructions are in the bentley repair manual , would anyone car to share?
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The repair manual i have only explains swapping the bosch voltage regulators. This alternator is a valeo i found out aprantly the instructions are in the bentley repair manual , would anyone car to share?
the only fellow i know that is bentley savvy is "johnnybayonne" if you send him a PM and you be nice, he might oblige and give you step-by-step instructions
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