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Old 02-12-2013, 08:52 AM
dsol dsol is offline
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help with starting issue

Becoming a more frequent event. when i turn the key to start the car and it begins to fire i then let off the key and the car dies. turn key back and try again and the car starts. almost like what happens if you dont hold the key long enough, which is what i had thought at first the issue was. but this problem has become more frequent. i have done my searching so please dont tell me to search this first. i wasnt able to find any posts with similar symptoms. car has 90k, i read some things about the fuel pump being a possibility but i dont want to waste a buncha time or money replacing good parts. no check engine light. any input greatly appreciated. Wifes car and so i would like to address the problem before this car leaves her stranded somewhere. also if anyone knows of any BMW fiend shops around the area of seattle that they have personally used and been happy with i would like a referral. thanks again 04 325ci with sports package

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Old 02-12-2013, 10:01 PM
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Guessing not the fuel pump, but pointing toward the ignition switch.
Neither would throw a code.
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