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HELP! 2007 328i COMPLETELY unresponsive??

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So, this morning I went down to my 328i to go to work and to my surprise it simply would not unlock using the FOB. I manually unlocked it and inside the lights won't turn on, it won't turn on, it won't start, nothing. :mad:

I called my insurance who sent a tow truck to jump start my battery and yet still nothing. Not sure if it might be some sort of strange electrical issue or something that has shut my car down. It just won't start. I tried calling BMW of Austin for tips but no answer or call back. SOMEONE PLEASE HELP!!!

This happened to me a month or so ago and after about 30 min it started up just fine like nothing ever happened... I didn't think too much about it then, assuming it was a one time thing. However, this morning it still won't respond after over two hours of trying. :bawling:

Any tips or advice?? Thank you so much for your time and consideration.

- Tyler
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Have you had the Battery cable recall done yet? Your problem is one of the symptoms.
Wow, I have not. I hadn't even heard of that but will certainly look into it. I just had it towed to my mechanic in attempt to diagnose the issue. Here comes the $$$$$... Thank you for the tip!
Put the last 7 digits of your VIN here to see if your car is impacted by the recall. My 08/2007 production 335i was. The repair is free at a BMW dealer and they will probably pay for the tow.
Thank you so much for the help! Really great info.

March 2013
Recall Campaign No. 13V-044: Power Supply System
Dear BMW Owner:
This notice is sent to you in accordance with the requirements of the National Traffic and
Motor Vehicle Safety Act.
BMW AG has decided that a defect, which relates to motor vehicle safety, exists in certain
Model Year 2007-12 1 Series, 3 Series and Z4 vehicles. Our records indicate that you are the
owner of a potentially affected vehicle.
We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you.
This Recall involves the vehicle power supply system. The connection between the positive
battery cable and the fuse box can wear over time. If the wear is excessive, then in most
cases, this can cause a break in the electrical connection and create a non-starting condition
in the vehicle.
In certain cases, it can also cause a momentary flickering of the display in the instrument
cluster or a momentary (less than one second) engine shut down. The electrical system may
also be completely interrupted during vehicle operation, and result in engine stalling and a
loss of various vehicle systems that could increase the risk of a crash.
The positive battery cable connector will be replaced with an improved version.
The actual repair will require approximately two hours; however, additional time may be
required depending on the BMW center's schedule. This work will be performed free of
charge by your authorized BMW center.
2. If your vehicle does not start, contact BMW Roadside Assistance at 1-800-332-4269
immediately to have your vehicle brought to the nearest authorized BMW center.
from traffic and pull over to a safe location as soon as possible. Do not continue to drive
your vehicle. Contact BMW Roadside Assistance at 1-800-332-4269 immediately to
have your vehicle brought to the nearest authorized BMW center.
4. If you are not the only driver of this vehicle, please advise all other drivers and
passengers of this important information.
Should you need BMW Roadside Assistance, they can be contacted at 1-800-332-4269.
If you are no longer the owner of this vehicle, we would appreciate your furnishing us with the
name and address of the new owner, using the enclosed postage-paid card.
If you are a lessor of this vehicle, federal regulations require you to forward this notice to your
lessee within ten days.
If you have already had this repair performed at your own expense, please see the attachment
regarding possible eligibility for reimbursement.
Should you have any questions about this campaign, please contact your authorized BMW
Again, we sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you.
We appreciate your confidence in our product, and we wish to do everything we can to retain
your confidence. Should you need additional assistance, you may contact BMW Customer
Relations and Services at 1-800-525-7417, or via email at [email protected].
If the BMW center is unable to remedy the defect without charge or within a reasonable period
of time, you may notify the Administrator, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration,
1200 New Jersey Ave., S.E., Washington, DC 20590; call the toll-free Vehicle Safety Hotline
at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153); or go to
BMW recommends that you always wear your safety belt, and that all passengers are properly
seated and restrained at all times.
3. If you notice a momentary flickering of the display in the instrument cluster during
driving or a momentary (less than one second) engine shutdown, carefully move away
(BMW of North America, LLC)
If you have paid for the repair described in the attached letter, and you would like your payment
to be considered for reimbursement, please contact your authorized BMW center. Expenses
from repair facilities outside of the BMW center network will be considered; however, the repair
procedure must meet BMW standards.
Your authorized BMW center will request a copy of your owner notification letter, as well as, a
copy of your previously paid invoice, and then inspect the vehicle (if it is still in your possession)
prior to submitting a claim on your behalf to BMW of North America, LLC for reimbursement.
Please note the following:
***8226; Only a repair that is the subject of this safety recall is reimbursable. Consequential
expenses such as towing, rental, accommodations, damage repairs, etc will not be
***8226; The Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for BMW Genuine Parts will be
considered as the guideline for reasonable charges.
***8226; Expenses for repairs performed more than 10 days after the date of the last owner
notification letter sent by BMW are not eligible for reimbursement.
***8226; Taxes and hazardous waste disposal, where previously paid, are eligible for
We anticipate that your authorized BMW center will be able to answer any questions that you
may have regarding your qualifications for reimbursement of a previous repair. If you qualify for
such a reimbursement, they will also be able to advise you of the manner in which you could
receive reimbursement.
We recommend that your authorized BMW center be your primary contact on this issue;
however, our Customer Relations and Services Department may be contacted at 1-800-831-
1117 for any special assistance that you may require.
Alternatively, you may submit your request for reimbursement to the following address:
Customer Relations and Services Department
BMW of North America, LLC
P.O. Box 1227
Westwood, NJ 07675-1227
Please note, if you choose to submit a request for reimbursement to the Customer Relations
and Services department, your vehicle will still need to be inspected (if it is still in your
possession) at an authorized BMW center before a claim can be submitted for consideration.
This is to ensure that prior repairs associated with this recall completed at an outside facility
meet BMW standards.
I think the recall was for later model years but worth a shot anyway.
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