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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 12-30-2012, 06:01 PM
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03 540 had trouble starting

Some background on my car. It is an 03 540 with less than 37k on it. Battery was replaced less than 2 years ago. Although I don't drive it daily, it is always plug into a wall outlet using a Battery Tender. Most of the time, the car will start in one try. The battery always feels strong. About 2 days ago, I drove the car about a mile to a drug store. When I returned to the car, it me about 6 tries before it started. It has happened before but it always started on the second try. When it won't start, it won't even give me a click, the starter won't even try to turn.

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Old 12-30-2012, 08:16 PM
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Old 12-30-2012, 08:24 PM
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How old is the alternator?
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Old 12-31-2012, 06:29 AM
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Don't know; I don't have a scanner.
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Old 12-31-2012, 06:30 AM
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How old is the alternator?
I bought the car new in Sept. 2003, so alternator is about 9.5 years old.
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