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View Results: Please vote your situation & mileage AT FAILURE or multiple failures
NO failure - current mileage 0 - 20K miles 200 46.62%
NO failure - current mileage 20K - 40K miles 97 22.61%
NO failure - current mileage 40K - 60K miles 23 5.36%
NO failure - current mileage 60K+ miles 1 0.23%
YES - one failure at: 0 - 20K miles 12 2.80%
YES - one failure at: 20K - 40K miles 54 12.59%
YES one failure at: 40K - 60K miles 24 5.59%
YES one failure at: 60K+ miles 7 1.63%
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Old 05-27-2012, 06:12 AM   #11
Joined: Jun 2009
Location: Western Vermont
Oddometer: 615
Originally Posted by CheckerdD View Post
I would be really interested in knowing how many of the "failures" are from people who have over taxed the system. The stock system puts out 400 something watts. Electric vest, PIAAS, GPS, radar detector, hand warmers and your near that point. Put on your turn signal and, honk the horn, and PSAPP. You have cooked it. Dave
The BMW system puts out full power (essentially some hair splitting possible) all the time and the regulator shunts the unneeded power to ground. This type of design is both cheaper and lighter than a field regulated alternator, what you have in your car.
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