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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 10-24-2014, 01:05 PM
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My car won't start, please help.

I have a 2003 BMW 325i, and it has about 201xxx miles on it. Recently I had troubles where I would turn the key and have to hold it for like 10 seconds before it started. Essentially there was a delay. And now the car won't start at all. The battery seems fine. All lights and the radio work. I already attempted to change the ignition switch, hoping that would solve the problem, but it didn't. It was put on properly, so I know now that the switch isn't the issue. I did take it to advanced auto before to get the battery tested and they did mention that there was a small power draw on the battery. It's been about a week now that I haven't been able to drive it, but the lights still work.
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Old 10-24-2014, 01:12 PM
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Just because the lights & radio work doesn`t mean the battery is any good....they take virtually NO amps to operate, and AMPS (hundreds of them !) is what your car needs to operate properly.
If that battery was not subjected to a full-on stress test, there`s no way of knowing if it`s "OK"....
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Old 10-24-2014, 01:48 PM
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I'm with Fast Bob here...go for the easiest fix first...your BMW is very sensitive about its battery and CCA (700+ amps). If your battery isn't outputting that, it won't start, lights and radio may come on, but it takes a lot of juice to turn the car over. I'd recommend this EverStart Maxx H8 if you're on a budget or need to get rolling fast.
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Old 10-24-2014, 02:09 PM
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Thanks, I'll give that a shot as soon as I get the chance and give any updates.
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Old 10-24-2014, 02:12 PM
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Oh and if it is the battery though, wouldnt I at least hear clicking or something like that?
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Old 10-24-2014, 02:47 PM
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Oh and if it is the battery though, wouldnt I at least hear clicking or something like that?
Maybe, maybe not....depends on how depleted the battery is.

Let`s look at this statistically....over the years, we`ve seen hundreds of guys like you come through here, with similar (if not identical) problems. In probably 95% of those cases, a replacement battery solved the problem.

I`ll take that percentage any day of the week....
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Old 10-24-2014, 02:59 PM
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If it helps too. My buddy was trying to jump start me and we still couldn't get it to start
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Old 10-24-2014, 03:21 PM
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If it helps too. My buddy was trying to jump start me and we still couldn't get it to start
ONCE AGAIN....if a battery is too far gone, it will not take or hold a charge....continuing to use the car with a failing battery is a great way to fcuk up other things in your electrical system, adding to your repair bills....
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If it helps too. My buddy was trying to jump start me and we still couldn't get it to start
That does have meaning; and pushes away from the dead battery theory direction a bit.
If you use the correct jump starting procedure, then yes you are probably going to hear some clicking, even if your battery is kaput.
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Old 10-25-2014, 03:33 PM
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That does have meaning; and pushes away from the dead battery theory direction a bit.
If you use the correct jump starting procedure, then yes you are probably going to hear some clicking, even if your battery is kaput.
exactly. I did get it tested again and it's good. So there's a very good chance it might be the starter instead.
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exactly. I did get it tested again and it's good. So there's a very good chance it might be the starter instead.
You never mentioned....is the car stick, or auto ? If stick, try bump-starting it and see what happens....
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Old 10-25-2014, 07:44 PM
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You never mentioned....is the car stick, or auto ? If stick, try bump-starting it and see what happens....

It's automatic
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driving on interstate 325xi quits. wrecker home turns over ok, sprayed wd40 into intake no spark? fuses good, no codes for cam sensor or crank sensor?
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driving on interstate 325xi quits. wrecker home turns over ok, sprayed wd40 into intake no spark? fuses good, no codes for cam sensor or crank sensor?
You`re hijacking someone else`s thread. Start your own New Thread, stating your problem in the thread title.
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