Hey guys,
I have an alternator issue, it's not charging at full voltage and sometimes not at all, so I'll need to replace or recondition it. I got a quote for $700 for a new one and $400 to recondition which seems a bit too much to me. So I'm looking for an alternator to fit. I will keep asking around. I can find some alternators to fit m43b19 and sme e46 models, that seem to use the same belt.

The number on the alternator (only ones I could read) was 42597 and 14v

Engine i believe is m43b18 '97 e36 318i with the chain driven cam?

Thanks, I appreciate any help!
And I appologize if this post is in the wrong place or inappropriate.

Thanks again,