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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 Yesterday, 07:04 PM
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1999 328i (Manual Transmission) Won't Start

Hello. I need some help trying to figure out why my son's car won't start.

Symptoms: Turn the key and get NOTHING. No clicking, no sound whatsoever. Lights come on bells ring and ding. Just no attempt to start whatsoever.

Things we've tried: Tried the spare key. Tried to clean battery connections. Tried to jump start (both from the battery and under the hood) Tried bypassing the clutch sensor switch.

I really thought that the sensor bypass would work since my son stated that he noticed his cruise control was not working lately.

Any thoughts or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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Sounds like your battery is dead (TOTALLY dead). Walmart sells the H8 replacement for around $125.
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It's not a battery issue. I mentioned that all of the dash lights bells and dings come on when I insert and turn the key. Also, the car will not jump start, which i mentioned and it will not even push start. I have tested the battery and it is fine.
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It's not a battery issue. I mentioned that all of the dash lights bells and dings come on when I insert and turn the key.
Means absolutely nothing. I could duplicate that by wiring 8 AA flashlight batteries together. BUT, those AA batteries won`t start your car either. NO CRANKING AMPS ! Same problem you have now. Ditto on the "no bump start" deal....BMWs are extremely battery-sensitive, they are not happy with anything less than full-strength....
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