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E46 (1999 - 2006)
The fourth generation 3 Series (E46 chassis) was introduced in 1999 and set the standard for engineering and performance during it's years of production including being named to Car & Driver's 10 best list every one of those years! ! -- View the E46 Wiki

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Old 02-25-2012, 10:34 PM
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Angry Having trouble getting car to turn over

I have a 03' BMW 330i been having lots of problems but the worst one is when I turn the key to start it and push the clutch in I turn to acc gets power fuel pump turns on, then I turn the start it starter relay clicks on and doesn't turn over. I'm starting to think its the starter solinoid. Can anyone help
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Old 02-25-2012, 11:35 PM
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It can be multiple things
first test the battery (free at any Autozone)
mentioned that the fuel pump works so we can rule that out
you can give the starter solenoid a decent tap and see if that help

if none of the above work
it can multiple things like key, ignition switch, clutch switch etc..

a little more info would help us festers' help you better diagnose
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Old 02-26-2012, 01:22 AM
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Also it will sometimes start if I hold it in the start position for while. Sometimes. Or keep turning key repeated time. It takes half hour or more. Idk if that matter
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Old 02-26-2012, 11:34 AM
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How old is your battery ? If it`s over 4 years old, or you don`t know, replacing it with a new one ($100 at Walmart or Autozone) will likely solve your problem. Buy a battery terminal cleaning tool, and clean ALL cable connections, making especially sure the ground to the car`s chassis is clean & tight.
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Old 02-26-2012, 05:57 PM
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Shop says to check fuse 12 check ground from chassis to subframe, battery is good they did a VAP 40 and it passed.
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Old 02-26-2012, 05:59 PM
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They also said it could be a 530 starting problem. Anyone know what that is??? They also said try unplugging the MAF so what's that??? Need help baddly
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Old 02-26-2012, 06:20 PM
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Had similar problems on my Jeep once. No CEL though. Replaced crank sensor and problem solved
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Old 02-26-2012, 07:53 PM
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, battery is good they did a VAP 40 and it passed.
"VAP 40 is a test for *your cholesterol level*

"VAT 40" is a battery test....do you know what kind of a load they placed on the battery ?
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Old 02-26-2012, 08:20 PM
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I do not but I could ask. And it's been a while since I last had a change to test the battery coulda swore it was VAP lol well my mistake.
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