staring problem with 323i 1985
Hi guys I'm new to the forum and hoping someone can help me fix the problem I'm having with my car, a few people seem to have had similar problems but none exactly the same, this is the first car I've tried to work on myself so any help is greatly appreciated.
i brought this 323i a few months ago and it was running like a dream for about two months, then one day i was driving down the road and i lost all power and the the engine died, it was all very sudden with no sputtering or odd noises, it just died. i got it off the main road i was driving on and let it sit for a while, when i tried turning the key there were no lights on my dash, no battery light, oil light, check light, no gauges worked. i had power to everything else in the car like radio, power windows, sunroof, lights. i sat there for about 10 mins then tried again, the dash lights came back on and the car started, i tried to drive away and got about 5 mins down the road and the same thing happened, this happened a few more times before i decided to get the car towed home. since its been home i havn't managed to get it started once, i have had the dash lights come on but as soon as i turn the key to start they die and the car just cranks and doesn't fire up. i'm not really sure where to start looking, if anyone has any ideas i would love some thoughts