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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 10-14-2012, 12:00 PM
gibsonr gibsonr is offline
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Mein Auto: 2000 BMW 328I
Car Wont Start - No Turn

Have a 2000 328i, 170K miles doing the weirdest thing. When I try to crank it, it does absolutely nothing, wont turn or try to turn. Did it again like 2 times and then it cranks. After a few months of this, it will not crank at all. got a new battery that was low. It is acting the same way. Cranks when it wants to. Sometimes it does, cranks right up. Sometimes i turn it and nothing, no turn or no nothing. Everything comes on such as the inside lights, radio, etc. Has anyone else experienced this? I have brought a used alternator, new battery.
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Old 10-14-2012, 11:07 PM
scarede46er scarede46er is offline
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Mein Auto: 2001 BMW 325i ZSP
How old is your key? Do your doors unlock fine with the remote on the key? Do you have a spare set?
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Old 10-15-2012, 05:39 AM
gibsonr gibsonr is offline
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Car Wont Start

I have had the same key since I got the car six years ago.
Yes, my locks unlock fine with the key lock. Yes, I have a spare key
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Old 10-15-2012, 10:49 PM
GoForthFast GoForthFast is offline
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Suspect a starter motor that is on its way to fail.
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Old 10-15-2012, 11:24 PM
KenG KenG is offline
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I'm with Goforthfast, sounds like a starter problem
Try tapping the metal part of the key against a hard surface, if it starts it's the key. If not then starter or even ignition switch

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