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E36 (1991 - 1999)
The E36 chassis 3-Series BMW was a huge hit among driving enthusiasts from the first moment the car hit the pavement. The E36 won numerous awards over the years it was produced and is still a favorite of many BMW enthusiasts to this day! -- View the E36 Wiki

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Old 07-17-2012, 11:49 AM
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Mein Auto: '13 FIAT 500 '68 BMW 1602
95 318i Intermittent start issues

so now that lola is my daily until i get new keys for the 5 series, this intermittent start issue is killing me. I have to pop start her more often than not.

Today i took the battery out, disassembled the ground, cleaned everything with baking soda and a toothbrush. Put it all back together and no bueno.

Turn the key and all of the lights come on as they are supposed to. Push my start button and the lights dim (except the millage which gets brighter) sounds like a solenoid clicks under the dash, and my radio goes off. No starter noises at all.

Apply a freshly charged jump pack and same thing. No indication of weak battery.

Now I take the battery from the Audi, which i know is good and plop it in the e36.

Fires up no problem.

drive the car to work, and shut it off and restart it several times. No issues.

Now before i left i placed the e36 battery in the Audi and that fired up just fine with it.

Also I drove the e36 yesterday so its not like it had been sitting.

any input guys? I'd like to not have to pull the starter due to lack of $ and it being a PITA. anything else I can eliminate first?
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Old 07-17-2012, 12:52 PM
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solved your own problem..

Isolate the drain on your start button.


How old is your battery?
Old?
might be time for a new one.

You can buy the cheap ass battery..


Or you can replace your BMW battery with one from a MINI Cooper S..
Save some weight..



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Old 07-17-2012, 01:32 PM
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That Mini battery is down on CCAs compared to the OEM E36 battery, though.
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That Mini battery is down on CCAs compared to the OEM E36 battery, though.
I thought we were talking 4 cylinder..

440CCA.. (?)

Should be fine for a 318i..
Would work for a 32Xi.. as long as charging system is green.
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Old 07-17-2012, 01:50 PM
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That Mini Cooper Battery looks pretty cool... Never seen a white battery before...
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Old 07-17-2012, 02:00 PM
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^ right?

I thought it was pretty cool too.. Leave it to zee germans..
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this isnt the first battery swap ive done to get her going. i did the same thing with my e30's battery and again withmy subaru's battery. so if the batterys are the issue then what could be killing them?
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solved your own problem..
Isolate the drain on your start button.


You have a parasitic drain...
  1. At startup..
  2. Or all the time..

check your wiring to your push button...
Its a good place to start.

Its killing your battery.. "softly" as it were.

Or consider a few of these..
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Put a volt meter between the + cable and battery + terminal, with the key off you shouldn't hardly get any voltage draw I don't know what the SPEC is for that But I would guess about 1 to maybe 3 volts draw if your getting more than that start unplugging stuff until the voltage drops off. Remember unplug one thing at a time and then check the voltage. I will check the voltage draw on my 325 because it's stock nothing by a Sony CD player in it and get back with you. If all else fails you could put a battery cutoff switch in there. Stat thirsty my friend.......
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