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Old 12-07-2016, 09:21 AM
StBomar StBomar is offline
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Hi All - I searched for issues related to starting but there seem to be so many that I find it might be easier to list the symptoms...any help is greatly appreciated! This is a 2003 BMW X5.

1) Noticed one or two sluggish starts a couple of weeks leading up to now
2) Last three mornings (temp about 45ish) it tried to start and then I get clicks...power seemed fine - just would not start
3) I used jumper cables and jumped it off from my wife's car and it started fine.
4) After a full day of work, it starts just fine when time to go home!
5) Next morning - same routine.

I took the car down to Advance Auto Parts and had them check the battery. He said battery was fine (ran test; gave me printout) and alternator seems fine as well. He suggested the starter as a possibility.

Don't know if this matters but saw something dealing with the keys so I will note this: my auto unlock for the key has been non-operational for months so I have simply been manually unlocking it & locking it. Hopefully this has nothing to do with the issue.

Thanks for any suggestions.
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Old 12-07-2016, 10:19 AM
Porando Porando is offline
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What you are saying it is a typical behavior of dying battery.
If car starts with jumper and not with own battery - battery is ready for replacement.
How old is the battery? if it is more than 4 years - just replace it...
How did they Advanced Auto Parts place tested battery? Did they test is with load?
Go to" Batteries plus bulbs" place for second opinion (you get better price if you order battery on line and use coupon and pick up in store - ~$150 ). They may even install it for you for free or low fee. Luckily E53 is Ok w/o registering battery.
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