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Old 08-30-2011, 07:46 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Insert Key and Nothing Happens

I have a 2000 328i and intermittently when I insert ignition key and rotate nothing will occur - no engine rotation. I can cycle the ignition key and most times it will not help. I have tried moving the automatic drive select back and forth to make sure it is in Park and this does not help. Sometimes I just need to remove key and reinsert and it will start, but sometimes I can sit there for 5 minutes trying until it finally starts. Any suggestions on what could be causing this? Thanks-Gregg
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It can start in either PARK or NEUTRAL You have a transponder issue me thinks...
Has the ignition barrel been changed?
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Thanks much for the feedback. I will start investigating. I don't believe the barrel has been changed, but then again I bought the vehicle used.
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Could also be an intermittant fault to the starter-solenoid... Hit it with a hammer to displace carbon dust.
Could also be a gear-linkage issue?
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Hey,

I was initially thinking there would be multiple "no-go" switches installed in various areas so if there is a switch in the transmission linkage then it could possibly need adjustment. I will also check into the starter as well. Appreciate your input.

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You are funny! We have a three day weekend here in the states this weekend, but I will have to go into work tomorrow for a bit. If I have time over this long weekend I want to dig into this starting issue and see if it is a switch adjustment. It seems I never have enough time to get all the things done that need to be done. Although I love my BMW, I also like American Muscle cars. I have a 1998 Cobra Mustang convertable. This weekend I am scheduled to look at a 1971 429 Mustang MACH1 that is for sale!!!

I also checked out where in the UK Barnsley is located and you are a ways north. I was stationed at RAF Lakenheath many moons ago and use to go to Nottingham often and you are north of Nottingham. Happy driving my friend.
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