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Old 01-09-2014, 10:59 AM
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I have a 2011 335d with 65000mi that has recently been exhibiting an engine start anomaly. On first start of the day there is a delay between pushing the start button and engine crank. This first began several thousand miles ago . At first there was a half second interval , that recently has become one to two seconds. this occurs intermittently but is more often correlates to colder days{below 40F} It only happens at home where the elevation is 4700 feet. Anyone else experiencing this or have any insight to share?
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Old 01-09-2014, 11:08 AM
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I am having this issue with my 09 335i with 41k miles. My dealer has replaced the HPFP, starter, and I still have this issue.

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Sometimes it's not as long, but it's a weird start.
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Old 01-09-2014, 12:22 PM
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Sure it's not the delay while the glow plugs heat up? Look for the indicator (yellow wire) on the dashboard display.
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Old 01-09-2014, 12:39 PM
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I have a 2011 335d with 65000mi that has recently been exhibiting an engine start anomaly. On first start of the day there is a delay between pushing the start button and engine crank. This first began several thousand miles ago . At first there was a half second interval , that recently has become one to two seconds. this occurs intermittently but is more often correlates to colder days{below 40F} It only happens at home where the elevation is 4700 feet. Anyone else experiencing this or have any insight to share?
I believe that the 335d has a pre-heating stage when things get cold. Mine started doing exactly what you describe recently, and when it got really cold -20Fish with the wind chill I saw a curly dash light (see attached pic) before it started. I googled it and saw that it was an indicator for "pre-heating". I am guessing that it is normal, just telling you that it is heating so hang on a sec, but I could be wrong.
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Old 01-09-2014, 12:57 PM
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I would assume that's normal on a diesel.
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Old 01-09-2014, 01:00 PM
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Old 01-09-2014, 01:44 PM
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As a reference point, I also sometimes have delay on the NA engine which I think is induced by a delay between the CA key registering and the car hence being allowed to start. Sometimes the key missing indicator comes on then but it seems it retries to find it a few times before giving the warning. Happens more often as the battery in the fob runs down.
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Old 01-09-2014, 02:58 PM
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I agree with the above posters that this is because the glow plugs are heating up. I'm willing to put money on the fact that the OP doesn't lock the car while at home.
When you push the unlock button on the key fob it starts the glow plug warm-up cycle before you even have a chance to get inside the car. So, by the time you've settle in and push the start button everything is ready to fire up (no delay).
Try locking your car when at home and I bet this issue will go away.
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Old 01-09-2014, 03:13 PM
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I agree with the above posters that this is because the glow plugs are heating up. I'm willing to put money on the fact that the OP doesn't lock the car while at home.
When you push the unlock button on the key fob it starts the glow plug warm-up cycle before you even have a chance to get inside the car. So, by the time you've settle in and push the start button everything is ready to fire up (no delay).
Try locking your car when at home and I bet this issue will go away.
That's pretty cool I must say. Does anyone know if the diesels come with a block heater?
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That's pretty cool I must say. Does anyone know if the diesels come with a block heater?
The 335d's don't, much to the chagrin of some of our neighbors up north.
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Old 01-10-2014, 08:14 AM
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OK, thanks for the input. I'll look for the glow plug symbol.
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