mine has been in for about 3 years and 60,000 mi
and still doing fine. I purchased a reman from the dealer for I think 700.00 and I installed it. The local rebuilder who normally rebuilds all alternators and starters for me for years told me that the rebuild kits are no longer available and that the only way to get the water cooled is a reman.
Anything is possible concerning QC but I hope this one lasts for some time. I am thinking the tension on the pulley may be too much as that is what went out in mine (the front bearing). There may actually be some rebuild kits out there but you will need to be lucky to find one probably. I think when mine goes again (did I say when????) I meant "IF"!!!, I will probably find a good used one.
I wonder if anyone has built a plate to cover the hole in the block and built a conversion for an air cooled one?
If your repair shop got it from a dealer, perhaps they will all good will this and drop the cost for the part. You can install it yourself. It's very easy to do in your garage or driveway. You can also try some of the BMW dealers who discount internet pricing and just have one shipped to you.
Michael - Chattanooga Tennessee
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