BMW 12317515319 / Bosch W0133-1665703
Same here. Seems some E46 models built in 2003 have a 120-amp alternator more commonly associated with the Z4, making it rather difficult to find the relevant VR. If your alternator has the oval electrical connector/plug noted above on the rear of the alt., then you need the VR with BMW part number 12317515319. That number is not easy to come by and it doesn't cross-reference to the E46. Make a note of it if you have the relevant alternator.
Originally Posted by acon
My main issue is that my alt has the vr with the oval connector instead of the rectangular connector as listed so after buying the rectangular one on Pelican I had to return it...
EDIT July 2014: the oval VR is available as both a Genuine BMW part and I saw it for much less on amazon using the Bosch part number W0133-1665703.
Last edited by aurelius; 07-29-2014 at 12:24 PM.
Reason: updated info