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      04-03-2017, 11:09 AM   #45
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Originally Posted by TMack2233 View Post
Question, I'm looking at a few engine parts for a friends 2012 M3. One of the parts is an alternator. I'm about to order online, but https://www.bmwdiscountparts.com is giving me different prices for the same part, different year. Will a 2011 M3 OEM alternator fit in a 2012 M3? They seem to be identical in dimensions. Any input is appreciated.
You should always purchase parts by vin number. BMW loves to switch parts mid year to give you the shaft. You can't just ask for a 2012 alternator and expect it to fit.
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