Just busy doing mine ... its a beeech
Checked all the posts and came to the conclusion:
Mine is a 2003 model with cats on the downpipes
1) Use ramps
2) Undertray off
3) Exhaust off ... leave the headers and heat shields on
4) Remove oil filter to make space to undo alternator bolts.
5) Remove rhs front wheel and plastic wheel arch
6) Remove rhs drive shaft. Because of safety, when this was done I put the wheel back on without the shaft or brake disc as it was done on the ramps. Fortunately I have been meaning to do the drive shaft boots on that side for a while as the one was torn ... so thats done. Maybe do them anyway while its off.
7) Undo the engine mounts ... top rhs, bottom rhs, centre underneath ... leave gearbox side. Make sure the engine is propped up on a jack or something for maneuvarability.
8) Remove fans in the front ... four 8mm screws and wiring harness ... label the wires.
9) I read and was told that the sub-frame had to be "loosened". I did that too, but in retrospect am not too sure it was necessary ... so cant say how much it helped ... but its done.
10) I put a small 2T jack between the engine and sub- frame and jacked them apart until the engine swung forward enough to undo and remove the alternator through the wheel arch. The fans would have been in the way.
I read somewhere that the oil filter holder had to be removed ... in this instance ... not necessary.
This was the first time doing it, so was learning, and hopefully the last. Maybe this is the long way around the problem to remove it, but it worked ...
I reckon that any other way is along similar lines.
Have sent the alternator in for refurbishment ... about ZAR900 ... GBP64