"HONK if you've never seen a gun fired from a moving Harley"
Before my wife leased her nissan murano, she had entertained the idea of buying a used bmwx5. My brother inlaw is a finance guy, earns a good living and has an x5. Well as I was doing my best to talk her out of it, I priced some of the common parts, water pump, alternator, etc.
The parts did not seem overly expensive, but I still held my ground and I'm glad I did. A couple of weeks ago My brother inlaw was visiting and said he will probably need a new alternator for the x5 and was not at all happy. If you want a good laugh check out "alternator removal for the x5 on YouTube. You have to take off a lot of the front end, at the very least radiator. tough job where lots can go wrong, and the alternator is water cooled! Most cars have some difficult items to replace and it makes you wonder what the engineers were thinking.
Although the used saab 900 turbo I bought years ago was a lemon, I give credit to some of the design and engineering that went into it.
Ball joints could be changed with a simple jack, metal wedge and socket wrench, no pressing.
All of your stories beats mine I'll admit, but I'll throw one in anyway.
I own an 02 Ford Focus which I brought into get the A/C recharged. Well, the poor mechanic was trying to install the hoses to do but could not reach around the wheel well for the life of him. He had the car up on a lift and everything. Turns out, that the only way to do it is to remove the front passenger wheel completely to expose the attachment points. No other car on earth requires a wheel removal for a simple A/C recharge.
BMW and Mercedes have had some of the worst repair records and reliability for years. Yet people seem to buy them for how it makes them "feel".
I Googled around for information about the BMW X5 water cooled alternator. What a piece of garbage installation design AND piece of garbage alternator.
These people I found searching were replacing their alternator after 4 or 5 years of use.
But then again we've all had so much trouble with our air cooled alternators and having to remove the bumper, grill, radiator, fans, controls, shroud, belts, etc. etc. to get to it in less than 4 years...right?
Such B.S. The one in the Toyota truck in this thread is the original Denso one. It's going on 20 years old. (1994 model)
I have no idea why some people still kiss German engineering's azz anymore. They seem to have gotten left behind after the 60's from what I've seen thus far.
Last edited by BobsPlumbing; 09-04-2013 at 10:23 PM.
That real dumb engineering makes millions for the service industry. That's why they use strange bolts like a reverse torx head. Most people say screw it and take it to the dealer.
Well worth to have on hand.
So I like to believe that when the Mechanical Engineers at that automotive plants get read the new standards, the collective reaction is a resounding, "WHAT????"