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E39 (1997 - 2003)
The BMW 5-Series (E39 chassis) was introduced in the United States as a 1997 model year car and lasted until the 2004 when the E60 chassis was released. The United States saw several variations including the 525i, 528i, 530i and 540i. -- View the E39 Wiki

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Old 11-13-2012, 01:32 PM
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E-93 Cranks But Won't Start - Tech Tip:

Had a 2008 328i (28,000 miles) come in with a crank but no start condition. The dealer had checked everything and came up empty handed. I discovered the problem was a loose ground behind the upper half of the rear passenger's seat. I applied dielectric grease and tightened the 6mm nut (10mm hex) and the car fired right up.

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How does the seat wiring affect the car's starting???
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Great! Thanks for the feedback. Sounds like a loose ground shoe.
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Old 11-14-2012, 06:55 AM
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How does the seat wiring affect the car's starting???
It is a multi-point ground for the DME behind the upper half of the rear seat on the passenger's side. Nothing to do with the seats at all....
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Don't remember seeing a ground shoe there but could have missed seeing it.
Wonder if it was the ground for the fuel pump?
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This is a e39 forum. Your talking about a new 3 series?
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