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Old 01-18-2013, 12:55 PM   #1
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Help! Car automatically starts with the key in the #2 position

I have been having a problem with my manual-2000-323i.
I was wondering if anyone else has heard of this happening.
The problem is--With the key in the #2 position, I will push the clutch in and the car automatically starts/cranks without me actually twisting the key to the crank position. If the car stalls it will just start right back up without me touching the key. I need to pass inspection soon and I think this issue might dampen my prospects. Thanks for any input.
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Old 01-18-2013, 12:56 PM   #2
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Ign switch is a possiblity. Really strange that it starts up again if it dies, though.
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Old 01-18-2013, 12:56 PM   #3
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That's what you call remote start!

No, most probably a bad ignition switch.
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Old 01-18-2013, 01:03 PM   #4
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Old 01-18-2013, 01:30 PM   #5
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Yeah, remote start! It did have me wondering if there had been some weird mod I haven't found yet. I acquired this car kind of recently and there are few mods done on it. I am about to swap a good ignition switch from a e39 and hope that works. i will post back soon
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Old 01-18-2013, 01:32 PM   #6
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Comfort access? any way to easily check if I have it?
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Old 01-18-2013, 02:22 PM   #7
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Turns out, the ignition switch was indeed the culprit. It seems that it was also causing some erratic grinding sounds and my peake reader malfunction. Thanks for the quick responses.
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Old 01-18-2013, 02:40 PM   #8
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You didn't mention grinding--that implies your starter was probably engaged all the time. don't be surprised if it fails soon.
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You should be happy about it starting. Most folks posting complain about not being able to start their car.
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Old 01-18-2013, 04:04 PM   #10
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Yeah, no kidding. I have definitely been on the end where my car wont start. And yeah, i think the old starter might have gotten a bit over worked.
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Old 01-18-2013, 05:10 PM   #11
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You didn't mention grinding--that implies your starter was probably engaged all the time. don't be surprised if it fails soon.
Starter most likely only came on when he pressed the clutch in, possibly while shifting?
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