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The BMW 5-Series (E39 chassis) was introduced in the United States as a 1997 model year car and lasted until the 2004 when the E60 chassis was released. The United States saw several variations including the 525i, 528i, 530i and 540i. -- View the E39 Wiki

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Old 10-01-2006, 08:12 PM
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new here/car won't start.... sometimes

Hello everyone. I have been reading this this site for quite some time and think that it is great. I have a question though. I just bought a 1997 540 with the 6-speed. 1 week after I bought it I had a problem with it not wanting to start, it would crank, but not start. I'm new to BMW so I took it to the dealer and diagnosed with car not recognizing the key. Bought new key, shipped from Germany, picked up the car and now it is back in the shop with the same problem. When the car will not start, if I let it sit for an hour or so and come back it usually will start. Also, when it won't start the key remote will not lock/unlock the front doors. Sorry for the long first post, but in need of some help.
Thanks in advance
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