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Old 05-23-2011, 07:05 PM
herbstyle herbstyle is offline
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Location: Hawaii
Join Date: May 2011
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Mein Auto: BMW 325i
Get spark to the relay - won't start

Hi all... Been lurking on this website since I bought my 2003 325i Wagon about a month ago.
Love the car till now...
Seen some similar posts, so forgive if this is a repeat. Car was running great, 56,000 miles, went to start it the other day and all the dash lights and everything lit up as normal, but when I tried to start it, not a sound... didn't start. Starter didn't crank at all. Just a faint click at the relay.
Won't jump start, took out the battery and had it tested at Napa and it tested fine. 12.5 volts, 879 cold cranking amps on a 900 amp battery. When I try to start it, I can hear a faint click at the relay. Tried both keys. Checked the immobilizer fuse and starter interlock fuse, both fine.
I'm thinking it might be the starter motor... but it only has 56,000 miles... I had the starter on my 95 Audi A6 replaced 4 months ago at 150,000...
Just wondering if there is anything else I should check before either trying this myself or getting towed to the BMW specialist.
Thanks in advance...
and Aloha from Hawaii.

Last edited by herbstyle; 05-23-2011 at 07:17 PM.
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