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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 08-14-2013, 01:22 PM
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lock system and no start problem

well my problem started a week ago i went to unlock my car with the key b/c my remote does not work and i turned it twice so all four doors would unlock and it only unlocked the drivers.... which i didnt care so i got in and put the key in to start the car and nothing lite up. so i locked it and unlocked it and all four doors unlocked so i put the key in and it turned on. i thought it was weird but went on. well two days ago i turned on the car without a problem and my clock was unprogramed like the battery had been unpluged. let me add that when i first ran into this problem after i got the car to turn on my clock was programmed. i didnt pay much attention to it and went on. so today i wake up and i pop in the key to unlock it, the four doors unlocked so i went in and poped the key in the ignition well it made a click sound everything lite up like it usually does and in a split second it was off, the engine did not turn over. so i take the key out and try it again.... NOTHING!. I get off and lock it but it wont even lock now..... so i have no clue what the problem is..... please HELP!!!
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Old 08-14-2013, 01:48 PM
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lock system and no start problem

I posted a similar incident last week ... No one responded.... But the short answer was that after getting the spare key fob/ key from home and going back to my dead car it started right up. After that the "dead key fob/ key started working fine ..... No clue why???


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Old 08-14-2013, 03:37 PM
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Do some car battery diagnostics - might be a bad one.
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Old 08-14-2013, 04:17 PM
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Do some car battery diagnostics - might be a bad one.
im sure its not the battery, i had a problem with the final stage unit and it was checked then. plus the sound to a dead battery is different this just seem different
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Old 08-14-2013, 04:33 PM
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I posted a similar incident last week ... No one responded.... But the short answer was that after getting the spare key fob/ key from home and going back to my dead car it started right up. After that the "dead key fob/ key started working fine ..... No clue why???


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i was thinking the same think i also called our local bmw dealership and they werent much help they want me to take it in but without getting it started i wont be able to. i asked for a key they are $163 but without getting the car started it wont be able to be programed.... im kinda in the dark with this
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Old 08-14-2013, 05:15 PM
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How old is the battery? Get a charger and charge it up.
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Old 08-14-2013, 05:37 PM
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Old 08-14-2013, 05:44 PM
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Re: lock system and no start problem

Reales? Any clue on what needs to be done? Im gonna try to charge the battery and then look into this thanks for replying

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Old 08-14-2013, 05:56 PM
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disconnect the battery.. and charge it.. let is die

when you put voltage back in the morning.. it might remember who it was

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Old 08-14-2013, 07:59 PM
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Re: lock system and no start problem

It might be the battery..... I wiggled it and the trunk light came on.

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Old 08-14-2013, 09:47 PM
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Re: lock system and no start problem

I just came from checking it out. You r right my friend there is some type of security thingy on the battery and its loose. Its suppost to click on but is broken so it come loose with time. I even humo started it an would her light but wii not turn over.... Thanks

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