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3-Series (E21, E30) Chat relating to the BMW 3-Series from 1975-1983 and 1984-1991 line. Specific models: BMW 315, BMW 316, BMW 318, BMW 318i, BMW 320/4, BMW 320i, BMW 320/6, BMW 323i, BMW 320i. E30 Family models include: BMW 325e, BMW 325i, BMW 325is, BMW 325ix.

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Old 02-28-2005, 11:34 AM   #1 (permalink)
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it just started doing it about a week ago. i get in and turn the key, and it cranks really
slow about 2 or 3 times, then cranks a bit faster and starts. other times, like it just did today, it just cranks really slow 4 or 5 times in a row and never starts. it sounds like the battery is dead but its not even a month old. also, any ideas on what would be draining power from the thing? i make sure i dont leave any lights or switches on. please help.
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Old 02-28-2005, 07:20 PM   #2 (permalink)
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are you letting the battery sit for a minute or so after the slow crank? if you are that means your battery is dying a slow death and that just gives time for surface charge to build back up.

another question.... do you have a cell phone you leave connected in all the time (car phone or cell phone you leave plugged in) cuz thats been a huge problem for lots of compaies (even plagued the Z8)... other than that it could be short trips so your alternator doesnt have time to charge teh battery back up since its main job is to keep lights on, radio on and so on.... it doenst charge the battery until it has enough output to keep all that going.

if anyone disagrees with me feel free to let me know..... i just finished the charging unit at Dunwoody but i could have forgotten something
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