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Old 06-13-2017, 11:48 AM
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2011 328 XI will not start in Morning

Hello - This is my first time posting so I apologize if I am not asking in the right way. I have 2011 328 XI and it intermittently will not start in the morning. The radio and lights still work but the car will not start. Sometimes if I re lock the door it will start or I will have to wait 15 minutes and then it will start up. The first time they told me it was my battery and changed it. The second time they told me the ground cable for the starter was corroded and needed to be changed. Neither has corrected the issue. Does anyone have any idea what it could be? Thank you in advance.
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Old 06-13-2017, 09:50 PM
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Who told you this? Stop going to that mechanic/ dealer.

You need to get the car scanned with a comprehensive BMW scanner. No one can help you if we don't know what codes your car is throwing.
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Old 06-14-2017, 06:49 PM
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I only bring my Car directly to BMW service. Today they gave me my car back. Said they can not diagnose the issue. Tested whole entire car and there are no faults anywhere. Any suggestions?
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Old 06-15-2017, 02:18 AM
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2011 328 XI will not start in Morning

If I were you I would try another 2-3 different dealers. Perhaps a BMW indie shop as well. If the problem is intermittent and there are no codes, it may be hard to diagnose or find the route cause but have this validated by at least a different dealer. Or three. Do not tell them the result from the first dealer so they can start the troubleshooting from scratch with no bias


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Old 06-18-2017, 01:54 PM
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I have 2011 328 XI and it intermittently will not start in the morning. The radio and lights still work but the car will not start. Sometimes if I re lock the door it will start or I will have to wait 15 minutes and then it will start up. The first time they told me it was my battery and changed it. The second time they told me the ground cable for the starter was corroded and needed to be changed. Neither has corrected the issue. Does anyone have any idea what it could be? Thank you in advance.
'will not start'...Does that phrase explicitly mean...
  1. the starter cranks the engine but the engine does not 'catch' and run
  2. the starter does not crank the engine

...or what else (if I have not provided a suitable description of what is occurring)?
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Old 06-18-2017, 02:44 PM
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I only bring my Car directly to BMW service. Today they gave me my car back. Said they can not diagnose the issue. Tested whole entire car and there are no faults anywhere. Any suggestions?

Suggestion: Find reputable Indy - if near Philly there's a particularly good one.

Um....sounds like an intermittent connection; can be demonic....
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Old 06-19-2017, 04:08 AM
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'will not start'...Does that phrase explicitly mean...
  1. the starter cranks the engine but the engine does not 'catch' and run
  2. the starter does not crank the engine

...or what else (if I have not provided a suitable description of what is occurring)?
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