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Old 01-19-2015, 04:47 PM   #1
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Help Please BMW E46 323i auto 99 intermittent starting. ?? All help much appreciated

Hi newbie here as have had no troubles with e46 auto until now and has me in the sh*t.
Basically car has been in the family for 15 yrs not many parts been changed. yesterday this started to happen....
I get in go to start car as normal dosent start can't hear starter motor, all lights come on can hear fuel pump go, so try again ...nothing after 10 - 15 attempts car starts. Sometimes if I switch off straight away won't start again but other times it starts up. I tried a car starter battery pack and Sod's law when I put it on It started parked up for the day then when I needed to get home It did it again. Had battery booster in the back so as before tried it again but nothing. Stupidly had already ordered a new battery so when home from work fitted that but still no joy. Still takes 10-15 times I try putting in neutral then back but nothing.

I think it may be starter motor but don't want to assume wrong again. Have looked on a few forums but was hoping some of you guys may be abit more knowledgable
If there's more info you need to help me suss this let me know.
If any of you have any ideas or suggestions please will be much appreciated.
Thanks
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Old 01-19-2015, 04:53 PM   #2
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http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthr...light=no+start

Here ya go, read the whole thing it will help.
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Old 01-19-2015, 05:04 PM   #3
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Old 01-19-2015, 05:04 PM   #4
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Old 01-19-2015, 05:06 PM   #5
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Sounds like the starter, my 325 acted about like that last year. The starter was cranking slow in the cold, so I thought it was the battery. Replacing the battery made no difference, then it randomly refused to crank at all a few weeks later like you describe.

The no-start thread should help you diagnose better.
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