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Old 07-19-2017, 09:48 PM
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2001 325Ci- Alternator??!

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GORGEOUS and pristine engine, Having issues getting the car to turn over. Pretty sure its not the ECU but definitely electrical. Some thing isnt firing/ catching. Mechanic buddies say alternator, reverse charge, ignition coil. The battery appears clean and fairly new (havent inspected it). I have video of what its doing and I intend to post it once I figure out how!

Im not from the area- Can anyone refer a mechanic, preferably a "mom and pop" place?
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Old 07-19-2017, 10:19 PM
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6 speed manual
Miles : 124,760

GORGEOUS and pristine engine, Having issues getting the car to turn over. Pretty sure its not the ECU but definitely electrical. Some thing isnt firing/ catching. Mechanic buddies say alternator, reverse charge, ignition coil. The battery appears clean and fairly new (havent inspected it). I have video of what its doing and I intend to post it once I figure out how!

Im not from the area- Can anyone refer a mechanic, preferably a "mom and pop" place?
OK....there were no 6-speed 325is....
You need to get the codes scanned, write down the fault codes found (P0123, etc.), and report those findings here.

The LAST thing you need is a "Mom & Pop" garage, you need someone who works on BMWs every day !

Try one of these:

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Bimmer Clinic
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Old 07-19-2017, 11:21 PM
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Its a Ci and Im positive there are 6 gears... REGARDLESS.... my issue isnt the transmission. Its the one whereas the car will not turn over. NO CLUE when it comes to BMW's. Just going by the VIN, Title, research..

But hey, thanks for establishing your knowledge on the car. Moving forward... By "Mom and Pop", I meant a local garage, support your community. Any certified mechanic will do for me. I don't need an overpriced dealership.

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Old 07-20-2017, 12:34 AM
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He's telling you if you have 6 forward gears in an 01, someone converted it, probably from auto.
So you are going to need a bimmer specialist. Dealership probably can't even help you there, lol.

I'd start by checking the clutch switch.
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Its a Ci and Im positive there are 6 gears... REGARDLESS.... my issue isnt the transmission. Its the one whereas the car will not turn over. NO CLUE when it comes to BMW's. Just going by the VIN, Title, research..

But hey, thanks for establishing your knowledge on the car. Moving forward... By "Mom and Pop", I meant a local garage, support your community. Any certified mechanic will do for me. I don't need an overpriced dealership.
Stop trying to be a hardass, and LISTEN to the good advice that you`re getting here.

(Or, try another forum. The choice is yours !)
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He's telling you if you have 6 forward gears in an 01, someone converted it, probably from auto.
So you are going to need a bimmer specialist. Dealership probably can't even help you there, lol.

I'd start by checking the clutch switch.
Yup It's most likely the clutch switch.

When I did my first auto to manual swap I had to bypass it so the car would start at all. Otherwise no go.
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Not trying to be a hardass, just clarifying the issue at hand. I just acquired the car and its a project- bought it blind and the kid didnt have much knowledge of its history. I'll definitely check the clutch switch, seems simple enough. Thanks for the referrals Fast Bob! When I turn the key, there's no fuel injector whine, the car clicks and the lights flicker, and the battery, barely a year old, will not hold a charge. So... get back to yall when I check the clutch switch? I'm determined to figure this out on my own, with advice, of course...
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