Please help with starting problem!
Greetings, all. I have just gotten a new (to me) 330cic, my third BMW. Love the car, but having a problem starting it. When I put the key in the ignition and turn to the "run" position, all the indicator lights come on, the stereo works, etc. When I turn the "start" position, however, the starter does not engage. There is no clicking (like a dead battery), no lights flashing, no nothing. When I return the key back to the "run" position, it locks the "start" position out. I have to shut off the car and try again. Sometimes it fires right up on the first time; sometimes it takes 3-4 tries; sometimes 10-15. When the starter does operate, the car starts right up and there are no problems with running. Then, if I shut off the car and try to start it again, it fires right up with no problems.
I have tried this with the shifter in both "Park" and "Neutral" with the same result, so it does not appear to be the shift lock interface. My best guess is the starter interlock is not recognizing the key and connecting the starter. Any other guesses or possible solutions? Otherwise it's off to the shop next week!