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Old 04-11-2006, 09:40 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My 2001 330Ci Will Not Start

Hi,
I got in my car today and tried to start it. I push in the clutch, make sure it's in neutral, turn the key, and it does not start. Instead, it makes a clicking sound and the headlights cycle on and off (click click click). Then after I let go of the key, it shows a light indicating EML on the dash.

I then proceeded to jump the battery, to no avail.

>I don't know if this affected it, but, 3 days ago I tried to see if the car would show me fault codes for an intermittent oil light. I put the key in the second position and pressed the gas pedal 5 times quickly. Nothing happened, so I exited the car and locked it. I hadn't been in the car since.
Could I have put it in some sort of mode that is not allowing me to start the car?

Please help
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Where did you get this idea to push gas pedal 5 times to obtain fault codes on 2001 330 model ??? !!!
Anyway, symptoms you got indicate a dead battery.
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I got the idea from another forum but then I realized they are for the e36 models. Anyway, I tried to jump the car as I said, and it still didn't even try to turn over.
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its the battery. We just replaced our 2001 330CI'S battery not to long ago. It wouldnt holy a chrage anymore. I know the new battery was expensive, but we oculdnt find a comprable replacement for it so had to buy from the stealership.
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Ok so far a few people have told me it's the battery, but why would a low battery make the lights flash? Also, it worked fine up until today when I tried to start it.

One more thing, my dad said that if I remove the battery, the radio will lose the codes that make it work and I would have to get it reset at a dealer. True?
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Ok so far a few people have told me it's the battery, but why would a low battery make the lights flash? Also, it worked fine up until today when I tried to start it.

One more thing, my dad said that if I remove the battery, the radio will lose the codes that make it work and I would have to get it reset at a dealer. True?
That is, what happening when battery goes bad on BMW cars.Lights can flicker/ flash ,radio can turn on and off itself and other freaky things- do not be supprised ,you are not the first one and last with this scenarios...

Regarding radio codes...yes, you will have to reprogramm it by the dealer
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New alternator+New battery+New oil level sensor+labor= $1300

BMWCCA= 20% off

Total=$1040
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New alternator+New battery+New oil level sensor+labor= $1300

BMWCCA= 20% off

Total=$1040
heh holy shit.

how much was the parts for the oil level sensor. Ours just went out.
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[QUOTE=iamapato01]New alternator+New battery+New oil level sensor+labor= $1300

BMWCCA= 20% off

Total=$1040[/QUOTE

Aftermarket pricesUS $)

Alternator-$ 189 plus core
Oil level sender-$ 95 (OEM Hella)
Battery- $ 100(Interstate, better than original. 7 years warranty)
Labour on it- max 2 hours($75 per hour) - $ 150
TotalNo BMWCAA discount)
$434(plus some taxes)=$ 500.00

What a difference, eh ?

You have been riped off !!!
http://www.drivewire.com/index.html
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Hey zibby,
I wont even say it
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Originally Posted by iamapato01
New alternator+New battery+New oil level sensor+labor= $1300

BMWCCA= 20% off

Total=$1040[/QUOTE

Aftermarket pricesUS $)

Alternator-$ 189 plus core
Oil level sender-$ 95 (OEM Hella)
Battery- $ 100(Interstate, better than original. 7 years warranty)
Labour on it- max 2 hours($75 per hour) - $ 150
TotalNo BMWCAA discount)
$434(plus some taxes)=$ 500.00

What a difference, eh ?

You have been riped off !!!
http://www.drivewire.com/index.html
i couldnt find an interstate battery to fit the 330 with high enough numbers...it had a high RS value or something like that.
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Yeah, what he said. The interstate battery recommended for my BMW is not the right size and the vent hole is not the right size. BMW said the interstate one is underpowered in general for what my car needs to run properly.
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