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Old 03-11-2017, 05:15 PM   #1
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Bmw 325xi no start

I have a 2003 bmw 325xi and i have tried everything but it will not start. The battery is brand new. I turn the key and the radio turns on but the car will not start. There is no clicking or ticking sound. Please help
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Old 03-11-2017, 05:19 PM   #2
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I assume we are talking about a no crank condition??

Unfortunately you have a 2003-2004 xi, these starters are known to fail without any warning and are a PITA to remove the starter. Many people end up pulling the starter from under the hood, most remove the intake, I believe one person may have been able to remove the starter without removing the intake?

I would be looking for a new starter for all of the PITA this unit is to change.
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Old 03-11-2017, 05:33 PM   #3
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Agreed. My starter worked one day and was dead the next. No noise, no clicking, no nothing.
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Old 03-11-2017, 05:52 PM   #4
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Verify part numbers on this web site - https://www.boschautoparts.com/en/

https://www.amazon.com/Bosch-SR0448N...+325xi+starter

https://www.amazon.com/Bosch-SR0448X...+325xi+starter

Not sure the difference and if these are 100% correct for the application, but check out the Bosch site and shop around.

Also check out this site, www.bmwpnpc.com
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Old 03-11-2017, 08:43 PM   #5
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First one is $25 cheaper, new (not rebuilt) and country of origin is listed as Hungary. Second one is rebuilt and country of origin is listed as China. Notice the machined areas on the aluminum gear housing in the first one. Second one has been sand blasted in the rebuilding process. I know which one I would buy.

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Old 03-12-2017, 01:18 AM   #6
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Starter on mine went out without warning as well.
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Old 03-12-2017, 11:35 AM   #7
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Starter on mine went out without warning as well.
Mine too, and did it without removing the intake manifold. I used this DIY http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=952329
My original was a Denso brand and got the replacement from FCP. IDK if they still have it, but it was smaller and easier to get in and out. They have this one https://www.fcpeuro.com/products/bmw...-motor-sr0448n or rebuilt BMW, you do need the starter with threaded mounting holes.
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Old 03-14-2017, 01:24 AM   #8
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Starter. Pain to replace but it can be done.


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Old 03-14-2017, 07:52 AM   #9
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Look on YOUTUBE " Oil Filter Housing Gasket Replacement " by 50skid and he removes the Starter in his video that before he tackles removing the Oil Filter Housing Gasket. Tricky but not that difficult !
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Old 03-14-2017, 08:27 AM   #10
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Feel your pain . . .

I had a very similar "no warning" starter failure when my 2005 325xi was 'new to me' only about two months, at 87K miles. I removed and replaced from 'above' without removing the intake manifold - but it was a very long DIY, given my unfamiliarity with the car.

Having done that, the next time I will remove the intake.

I know my way around the car better, and with the intake out you can check more easily and completely for vacuum leaks and replace ccv if needed. The access to the awkward top starter mounting bolt is easier with the intake out. And if the starter is stuck on its dowel pin, there is better leverage to rock the starter to free it - that removal took almost an hour for me with poor leverage and corrosion on the pin.

DEFINITELY buy a new starter if you can, rebuilt units are a throw of the dice, and I would like to postpone the next replacement as long as I can. Be sure to use anti-seize on that dowel pin.

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Old 03-14-2017, 08:31 AM   #11
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I believe you can remove the intake and leave the fuel lines connection, use rope or bungee cords to support the intake from the front of the hood.

But depending on the year and mileage, if you have a place to work on the car where it is not too cold, might as well replace the heater hard pipes if you pull the intake.

Good luck.
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Old 03-14-2017, 09:12 AM   #12
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Good point about the coolant hard pipes to the heater core . . . They seem to be a risk for leaks as they age, and I will be taking off the intake for those and some other items as Spring arrives.

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Old 03-14-2017, 10:10 AM   #13
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Just for grins, I would try your spare key before going any further...
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Old 05-14-2017, 10:16 PM   #14
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Update: starter was the problem and has been fixed. Thanks for the help guys
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Old 05-14-2017, 10:22 PM   #15
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Did you DIY?
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