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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 08-24-2005, 07:22 PM
Carolyn6060 Carolyn6060 is offline
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Mein Auto: 1997 BMW 528i
Suspected Electronic Immobilizer Failure

When I got in the car in the garage it won't crank. The radio, horn, keylocks, lights, and everything else works but it won't turn over.

I've heard about failure with this 1997 528i in the electronic immobilizer. However, after all day in a European Automotive Shop they are no further than when I had it towed. Our local dealership does not have good BMW folks there now and I don't want to take it to them.

Any advice? Could it be the EWS control box?

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Old 05-30-2006, 08:47 PM
knucklehead knucklehead is offline
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I know the answer !!! pick me !!! close the doors. Put your Master Key in the door. turn it to the 1st position right, then 2nd position right, then 3rd position left. this will reset the starter immobilization sequence which is part of the anti theft system monitored by the EWS system. then put the key in the ignition and fire it up!
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Old 05-31-2006, 05:45 PM
lac540i lac540i is offline
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hey there do you if the reset procedure is the same for the 540i 1998. My engine cranks but will not start
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Old 06-23-2007, 11:27 PM
zingalie zingalie is offline
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Mein Auto: 2001 530I
probably is EWS!
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Old 06-24-2007, 07:52 PM
R540 R540 is offline
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Mein Auto: 1997 540i/6
my car did this and it ended up being the ignition. this was after a new key, ignition cylinder, and immobilizer. good luck
1997 540i/6-19" Beyern Mesh, Angel Eyes, M5 spoilers front/rear, Intrax springs, 15% tint.
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