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Need Help! My M3 shutdown in the middle of the... (archive)

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Posted by agl on June 14, 2000 at 13:34:21:

freeway, I felt a power surge like it was low on gas (which it wasn't) and then it shut off... I put the hazards on and it slowly started to dim until the whole instrument panel went out. I had it towed to a shop and they changed the battery (which the previous owner had put the wrong one in)and it started up... QUestion: They say I may need a new alternator exact words were the amps are low...might want to change the alternator. They want to charge me $120 for Factory BMW battery and $310-395 for an alternator, and 120 for labor... does that sound right? and could there be anything else wrong? i am hoping they are not misdiagnosing the problem... TIA


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