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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 01-10-2017, 08:28 AM
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$700, No start 01 525i car thoughts and opinions

I'm thinking of throwing out a low ball offer and if I can't fix it I will part it out. What do you think is causing the no start issue? It seems like the owner has had this for a while and it just tired of maintaining it and wants it gone.

http://philadelphia.craigslist.org/cto/5950491086.html
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Old 01-10-2017, 09:10 AM
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Could be the ews and key, starter, fuel pump, et al.
Worth a stop to check it out.
If you have the space, time, and funds for it why not?
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Old 01-10-2017, 09:47 AM
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Looks good could be simple issue if iam in your area I'll take it and find a solution to fix it it'll not be that hard first scan tool needed then what's symptom of no start issue ?
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Old 01-10-2017, 10:36 AM
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Turn up with a tow truck and $400 cash, its yours.

There seems to be plenty of good parts on that car.
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Old 01-10-2017, 11:17 AM
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not enough known as to why it doesnt start. does it even crank? might be a deal if you can diy. might not. a non running car is a world of unknowns
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Old 01-10-2017, 12:31 PM
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The engine ran fine before the crank no-start issue.
This is from the ad so it cranks but doesn't turn over. I guess it's worth a look.
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Old 01-11-2017, 06:55 AM
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Basics:

1. Spark?
2. Fuel?
3. Compression?

Looks like a fun project that would be hard to go wrong on no matter which road you go (part vs. fix). Good luck!

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Old 01-12-2017, 06:10 AM
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Crank Position sensor?
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Old 01-12-2017, 06:54 AM
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Crank Position sensor?
He already replaced that and the key. I think it is ether a fuel pump or this issue:
http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/showthread.php?t=487452

I want to throw a 400$ offer but I have to see how I can get it back home.
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Old 01-12-2017, 08:12 AM
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Try it remove all spark plugs and put one spoon of oil in each cylinder and return spark plugs and coils
Then give it a crank if it's not started then change fuel pump or filter
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Old 01-12-2017, 04:37 PM
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I emailed the owner:

"About 3 weeks ago it wouldn't start after I parked it. I had the crank sensor replaced and it ran fine for 3 weeks. Now it's doing the same thing; I parked it and it wouldn't start the next morning."

Did he get a defective crank sensor?
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Old 01-13-2017, 05:06 PM
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I emailed the owner:

"About 3 weeks ago it wouldn't start after I parked it. I had the crank sensor replaced and it ran fine for 3 weeks. Now it's doing the same thing; I parked it and it wouldn't start the next morning."

Did he get a defective crank sensor?
If it was a cheap ebay/Chinese replacement, that's a place to start.
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Old 01-13-2017, 06:06 PM
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If it was a cheap ebay/Chinese replacement, that's a place to start.
I got the VIN and a non BMW shop replaced the sensor.
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Old 01-14-2017, 02:42 AM
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guy said he had EWS and key problems...

So right off the bat you know its electrical.. Id jump on that, I bet i could get it running and not even need a tow truck lol
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