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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 01-17-2013, 06:21 PM
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Electrical malfunction has this ever happen to anyone

I have a video to show what's going on. Its on YouTube under "vid_20130117_183344" 1st I have the key in between off and accessories, then I turned it to the off position, the I turn it back to accessories where it should be, then prime, then start, but as you can see I turn it back to prime and the car is still running I can even take the key out and the car will stay on. "BTW the bleep was a text". Does anyone have any idea what's going on?

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Old 01-17-2013, 06:22 PM
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How old is your battery?
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Old 01-17-2013, 06:26 PM
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Not old at all
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Old 01-17-2013, 06:29 PM
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Well, if the battery is ok it might be worth checking the ground and positive connections are clean and tight.

Or it may be something within the key cylinder/actuator. Hard to say.

I honestly dont recall seeing many issues like this.
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Old 01-17-2013, 06:36 PM
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Actuator? Well to have the car completely off I have to either disconnect the battery or leave the key in the half way position but then I can't take the key out. If I take the key out eventually everything turns on as if I'm about to start the car, even the a/c turns on too. I've had to jump start the car 3 times since this issues because I forgot to disconnect the battery.
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Old 01-17-2013, 07:56 PM
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Ignition switch assembly is bad.
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