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I have a 2000 bmw 740il with intermitting starting problems. The battery is good. For days it start just fine but suddendly it won't start and I have to jump it. Before dishing out the *** I need to determine whether it's the alternater or the starter which is going bad.i thank you in advance for you assistance.

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Have you ever found solution - what are you doing now about it all... we had same car - got rid of it -no one could fix it !!! needed a car that would start - difficult giving it up but what other alternative is there ? get stuck away from home? bought a new Cadillac - amazing car !

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