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Old 07-15-2014, 09:29 AM
anikaX3 anikaX3 is offline
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Takes a while to start, service engine soon just came on

I have a 2004 X3 2.5 (122,XXX mi) and the other day my service engine soon came on for a few hours and then went off. I thought it might be tweaking, then my car started taking longer than normal to start. The engine will turn 4-5 seconds before actually starting and later in the day it will take more than one try to start (my service light has since come on again). Other than this issue my car is running completely normal. I'm a stubborn DIY type so I'm trying to avoid the stealership if this sounds easy enough to diagnose? I'm also in California where it is incredibly hot, if heat may play a factor? Any ideas are appreciated.
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Old 07-15-2014, 09:53 AM
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Is battery ok?
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Old 07-15-2014, 10:02 AM
anikaX3 anikaX3 is offline
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Battery is all good, that was the first thing I checked.
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Old 07-15-2014, 11:24 AM
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Go to an Auto Zone Store (or about any national chain auto supply store) and explain that you are having problems starting your car. They will scan (for free! a tip is nice, though) your X3's computer for error codes and probably be able to tell you what is causing the problem. Good luck.
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Old 07-15-2014, 11:27 AM
anikaX3 anikaX3 is offline
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I did that as well! I was told at autozone that California is the only state that doesn't allow testing at auto repair stores so I have to go to a mechanic shop or dealer to test which obviously isn't free .
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Old 07-15-2014, 01:02 PM
timarnold timarnold is offline
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THis is really a good price. You will likely need this more than once. http://www.amazon.com/Autel-MaxiScan.../dp/B001LHVOVK
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Old 07-15-2014, 01:28 PM
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I did that as well! I was told at autozone that California is the only state that doesn't allow testing at auto repair stores so I have to go to a mechanic shop or dealer to test which obviously isn't free .
You may have a local independent shop specializing in BMWs who will scan it for free. Mine does, though not at the end of the work day as they are tremendously busy from 3:00 - 6:00 PM. If you're a BMW CCA member they have some recommended independents or a way to find them.

Personally, I would not put full trust in a non-BMW scanner. As the advertisement indicates: Works with most OBD-II....
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Old 07-15-2014, 07:20 PM
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Buy the ~$58 BMW C110 scanner v3.1 on ebay.

As for your hot start issue, your engine is BMW M54. There are tens of millions of cars with that engine, including the 330i, 530i and more. Google for hot start issues for that vehicle to increase your hits.
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