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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 12-08-2012, 02:46 PM
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325xi 2005 5speed manual no start!!!

if i wanted to check my starter connection to see if it's loose is it true transmission has to be removed??
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Old 12-09-2012, 10:50 AM
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No tranny removal required for anything you'll get close to on this.
Will your engine crank over fast enough?
Starter connection is tough to reach, but it's under the intake hoses area. Start by removing them.
I'd also suggest you do a lot of reading in general in the DIY section to familiarize yourself with how to get around in our engine compartment area.

Why with no start are you first checking the starter connection? What leads you to do this? There are other things to be done before this.
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Old 12-09-2012, 05:52 PM
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just trying to narrow down all posibilities tomorrow i'll be visiting my repair guy cause it happened late saturday and everything was closed .
battery is good used voltage meter.
push jumpstart car works fine so i'd think that it's not a key issue
the switch safety thing on the clutch wouldn't be either i'd think
couple times today car started normal with the key and then no click no crank
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Old 12-10-2012, 06:57 AM
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Sounds like a battery problem. You need to check for cold cranking amps, not volts. If you can, take it somewhere you can have it load tested.
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Old 12-10-2012, 10:19 PM
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just trying to narrow down all posibilities tomorrow i'll be visiting my repair guy cause it happened late saturday and everything was closed .
battery is good used voltage meter.
push jumpstart car works fine so i'd think that it's not a key issue
the switch safety thing on the clutch wouldn't be either i'd think
couple times today car started normal with the key and then no click no crank
What was your 'good' voltage?
And why do you 'think' the clutch interlock is not the problem?
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Old 12-11-2012, 07:20 PM
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fixed it today

it was the starter my mechanic had fun replacing it twice since the new starter was bad also
tomorrow i'll know about the price .
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