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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 02-07-2013, 11:01 AM
CA540 CA540 is offline
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2002, 540i Won't start, intermittent...

My 540 6MT sometimes doesn't start. Turn off key, turn back, still no turn over. Then,
3rd or 4th time, turns right over. go two weeks, starts fine, then one day, same no start, try again, and it starts.

It feels like a dead battery but would the battery quickly come back to life?

Any help appreciated. Thanks.
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Old 02-07-2013, 11:39 AM
mbell666 mbell666 is offline
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Mein Auto: e39 2002 540i6
I'd go for ignition barrel or clutch pedal switch. Car will not turn over unless you have the pedal down, fault switch could cause it to believe clutch is not down.
An e39 is like a beautiful wife, needs constant attention, lots of money, lets you down at the worse times but you’d never be without it.
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Old 02-07-2013, 11:50 AM
HTK12 HTK12 is offline
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I would start by pulling the codes.
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Old 02-07-2013, 08:00 PM
stephen bruke stephen bruke is offline
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i think you have a short on your positive battery cable. next time that happens tap/shake the battery cable and it will work.
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