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Old 01-29-2013, 10:33 AM
Jswett Jswett is offline
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Mein Auto: 1995 740i (e38)
New battery, 740i still won't even try and start

I went and got a brand new diehard gold battery, exact replacement. Still nothing when I turn the key. Everything seems fine, all power functions working. Any ideas?
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Old 01-29-2013, 05:25 PM
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Mein Auto: E23;E32;E34;E38;R50;R55
No crank or no catch and run?
Good - Fast - Cheap: Pick any two.
3 x E32 735iL (Alpine White, Glacier Blue & Kashmir Beige); 2 X E38 735iL (Oxford Green & Alpine White); E53 X5 4.4i (Pearl Beige); R50 Cooper; R55 Cooper Clubman (Both Pure Silver).
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E21 318i; E23 735i; E30 318i; E32 735iL; E34 535i; E38 730iL; E53 4.4i
I've just changed my wiper blades and now my reverse lights don't work. Should I change my fuel pump relay?
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Old 02-01-2013, 10:42 AM
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Mein Auto: 1997 740iL / 2006 X5 4.4
Could anyone have entered a CODE to immobilize the car without telling you? If this were'd here a "gong" sound and the word CODE would appear in the MID.

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2006 E53 X5 4.4i (Sterling Gray) 12/05 mfg date <<~>> 97 740iL (Arctic Silver) 3/97 mfg date
99 540iT (Orient Blue) <<~>> 95 525IT (Alpine White)
91 735iL (Schwarz Black) <<~>> 85 325e (Bronzit)

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Old 02-02-2013, 10:05 AM
mikejenkins mikejenkins is offline
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Mein Auto: E38 750i, E34 540 Touring
Starting at the simple end, rather than technical, my 540 acts the fool sometime. At a filling station, during a MOT etc.
The problem was a connector behind the oil filter. Two wires running directly to the starter motor which emerge from the plastic covering ontop of the engine. In despair one day I cut the plugs off and joined the wires. It started!
So, my point is check for power at the starter (if you can find it down there somewhere), and work back. You might be lucky and find a bad connection.
It could be worse. We also have an E38 750. I had to swap the starter motor. Next time I might pull the engine first
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