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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 11-27-2009, 06:59 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I am a new owner of an E30. I have had the car for a few days with no problems until thanksgiving morning. I tried to start the car and with the car in the "run" position all the normal lights come on and when the key is put in "start" there is a click and all dies, lights go off and everything. You can't do anything again until the battery cable is disconnected and then reconnected again. An hour later the car starts fine and runs strong, then after turned off it repeated the above but now it won't start at all.
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Old 11-27-2009, 07:09 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Bad battery connections?
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Old 11-27-2009, 07:59 PM   #3 (permalink)
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i did a voltage drop, and checked resistance all through out the cable also there is no corrosion.
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All that comes to mind is some sort of loose connection...
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I checked all connectors i can think of, at the DME, pretty much every where.
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Maybe a cable has a break that can't be seen through the insulation plastic.
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Well i am not too sure about that, it is almost like it is shorting out. i am not too sure
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If there's a short that bad, I'd expect some blown fuses.
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yea no blown fuses and all relays are working fine
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do you know if there is a way to jump the starter if the key is in the "run" position?
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I tried to jump the terminals on the starter and got the same thing.
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If it didnt turn over via jumping the starter I would say your starter has given up, remove it and put a +/- feed on it if it doesnt whizz.....dead, which may only be the solonoid or bushes at the worst the armature is worn out....
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Yea it just randomly started working again last night?
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Sounds like a bad connection to the starter to me or................It may even be your ignition switch, not part of the barrel, if you drop the steering column shroud you will see a rectangular box with wires coming from it, this is the switch and these are prone to intermittent failure or total failure as the contacts inside get worn/sticky......easy DIY job...
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