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E60 / E61 (2004 - 2010)
BMW 5-Series E60 Sedan was first seen in the Unites States in the fall of 2003 with a 2004 Model Year designation. The E61 wagon followed shortly there after. The E60/E61 5 series is now available as a 528i, 528xi, 535i, 535xi, 550i and a 535xi sports wagon! -- View the E60 Wiki

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Old 06-20-2017, 05:04 PM
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Exclamation Car Won't Start =/

I know this might be a rookie question for some of you guys but hopefully someone will be able to help.

So my car been pretty much sitting in garage for 10 months, but about 1x a month it was started just to let engine run and driven around a block (literally).

Another issue is my friend lost the key, so I had a new one made, and seemed like I did installed it correctly because I was able to open the doors from inside (while charging the battery).

So at first the key wasn't even working, I opened the door the old-school-way with the key in the door, and no lights were turning on, seats were not moving back - battery completely dead I'm thinking.

I pop the hood open, hook it up to another car, then while it's hooked up, the lights inside of the car turn on, everything seems to be working, radio etc. I let it idle (the other car) for about 10-12min, try to start my BMW and it cranks but doesn't start. Tried everything multiple times.

Another issue is - as soon as I disconnect the cables, the interior lights won't turn on, can't lock the doors with the key - nothing. Battery completely dead.

You guys think it is a battery fault? I got a new battery last year.

Can I try to charge the battery by connecting directly to battery in my trunk?

ANY suggestions would be helpful.

Thanks for reading and your help.
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Old 06-20-2017, 05:49 PM
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Replace the battery with a new battery. AGM batteries work well with our cars. Advanced Auto has a good H8 group AGM that do well by our car. I have an 05 530i also.
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Old 06-20-2017, 08:25 PM
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First , I would give charging it a try and see how it holds a charge and if it turns the engine. if not then a new battery would be the next step . Also make sure you dont have a acid type battery and install a AGM . You can ,,but you have to register the change ... Since the car cranked ,, I don't think its a key recognition problem .

Second , don't ever jump or charge the battery from the battery terminals .. Always use the positive terminal in the engine compartment and ground it to the negative terminal on the shock tower..

Since the engine cranked when jumped , but didn't start , I have my doubts its the battery causing the no start . But since it's dead its the reason of no crank.

A thing to keep in mind that would cause a crank no start ,, is an EWS manipulation error ..
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Old 06-21-2017, 08:13 AM
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Thanks for the tips! Today I'll get a H8 group AGM battery and hopefully my dead car will come back to life


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