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E39 (1997 - 2003)
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 03-01-2010, 06:30 AM
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holy smokes

I did this yesterday to replace a bulb, started, backed up 5 feet then about 30 minutes later pulled it back forward, this morning it made the same noise. After 15 seconds of trying to start it began to catch but I didn't want to risk it so I just ganked my wifes car to go to work.

I thought it may have been bad gas or a clogged filter or condensation in the lines (texas weather).

Keeping my fingers crossed for tonight's attempt, this was the very first time ANYTHING ever happened with that engine, 82K miles of perfection.
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Old 07-19-2010, 05:28 AM
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hello,, my e39 wont start car wont turn over clickin noise when trying 2 start. wondering wats going on here???

thanks
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Old 07-20-2010, 06:00 AM
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hello,, my e39 wont start car wont turn over clickin noise when trying 2 start. wondering wats going on here???

thanks
If it's clicking, you should start by having the battery checked, and possibly charging it. If that isn't it, you're on to a starter, most likely.
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Old 07-21-2010, 06:58 AM
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yes thanks battery was indeed the problem not entirely sure how it went flat tho
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Old 12-08-2010, 04:03 PM
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I just had the same problem, similar sound and at first no sign of a "bang" of ignition. I read Koepeetje reply and yes I had moved my car about 2 metres away from the garage and turned the engine off quickly. I've been s**ting it that it was the chain. I crancked the ignition for about 30 seconds with the gas to the florr and eventually it started up!
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Old 12-08-2010, 04:51 PM
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I don't have the energy - but methinks we need a combined tribal-knowledge diagnosis thread for:
- Help, my car won't start (what do I do)?

All we have in the bestlinks (searching for 'start') are:
- What to do when the lights all work, the key turns, solenoid clicks, but the engine won't start (1) (2)
- Low oil level, the oil level sensor sends a signal to blow fuse 15, so you cannot start the car (1)
- Starter motor R&R DIY (1) and location (1)

To the OP, if any of this helps, let us know so we can begin to create a 'help my car won't start' thread.

Best of luck,
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Old 07-18-2011, 05:38 PM
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PROBLEM! with my 2000528it
Driving on the highway, cruise control set at 80mph or so. WHEN SUDDENLY... the engine revved higher to 4200rpm or so. i put the car in neutral and rpms dropped to zero. while coasting now at 70 or so tried to restart the car. no luck. coasted up the offramp and stopped. when i tried to restart the car it did not even crank, just a metalic click/clunk. radio was on; air was on; dash lights were on, etc. Had the car towed home. In the driveway i tried to start it and it gave me a click click click. I recently replaced the alternator and i am now charging the battery. the high revving was odd though...different from an alternator issue.

The only codes i got were for a cylinder 5 coil and cylinder 5 misfire....something that had started a few days ago. i was going to replace plugs and a coil. Is this a cam position sensor issue? a torque converter issue or other??? my worry is that it is a calamitous tranny problem but there were no horrible sounds when it stalled.

please advise!
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Old 07-18-2011, 07:01 PM
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Model? Model year? How many miles?

Could it be that your timing chain snapped....
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Old 07-18-2011, 07:06 PM
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timing chain.... hmm. the car is a 2000 e39 with 164,000 miles. does a timing chain failure mean horrible engine problems?? when the rpms went up it didn't feel or sound rough.
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Old 07-18-2011, 07:36 PM
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Engine type? Straight six of V8? We have several e39 configurations and changes also took place over several model years. [You ought to put this info in your "mein auto" field so we don't have to wonder what you're driving and how worn to hell it is....]

On your troubles, maybe the crankshaft position sensor? But you say your codes don't reflect that...... time for the experts to step in, but you might want to start your own thread.
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Old 07-18-2011, 07:42 PM
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sorry, the car is a 528 I6. i am rooting for a sensor problem of some sort. the scanner i am using is a peake.
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Old 12-26-2011, 08:01 PM
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Old 12-26-2011, 08:05 PM
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Old 12-26-2011, 08:07 PM
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I had the same non-starting issue with my 1999 528iT. The car stalled in the driveway on a cold night, and made the same sound that as posted in the video. From my past experience with other makes it sounded really bad. I thought surely the timing belt had broke. Many attempts to start the car did not work. After doing some research and discovering that the 528iT actually has a timing chain rather than a belt I felt confident that it was another issue. I double checked that all the belts were moving when I attempted to start. I hooked up an additional battery to the jump start nodes, because the onboard battery was now depleted, put the pedal to the floor as others said in their posts, and turned the key until the car started up. The car started up after about 5 seconds of cranking. Lots of gas-rich smoke filled the air.

I must say that it is disappointing to learn that this car has a flaw like this, and that the remedy is prolonged use of the starter. However, I am very happy to have found this forum while searching for the real problem. I felt compelled to register and post in case any other BMW owners run into this issue. Thank you to everyone else who has posted, provided the solution, and gave me peace of mind.

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Old 01-02-2013, 04:51 PM
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Post #5 the videos with audio saved my bacon, and some green. I could not for the life of me figure out why this horrible noise was coming from my 2000 e39 that had run perfectly the day before. And yes I had started the car briefly to back it out of the drive to let another car out of the garage, and then immediately pulled back in and shut off the engine. I had to provide a jump from another car to give the battery the staying power to get through 30 seconds of cranking. It didn't work the first time, and the full electric system dumped requiring a reset of the clock and other stuff, but on the second attempt she tired to crank. On the third she cranked. Let he idle for about five minutes ans I put away the jumper cables, and then drove a couple mile errand, and she cranked right up no problem for the return trip. Thanks.
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Old 03-29-2013, 10:47 AM
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Follow-Up on starting issue

I had the problem again recently. This time I turned the key switch on/off about 15 times to run the fuel pump to re-prime the lines, before turning the key all the way to start the car.

This seems to work a lot better than cranking the engine for a prolonged period. I am guessing that the fuel drains back into the fuel from the engine compartment when the vehicle is not on a level surface.
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