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#12 of 95 My BMW has starting problems
Mar 05, 2008 (5:20 pm)
My 2002 BMW 325CI has not started 5 different times in the last three months. In three of those cases the car started 10 to 15 minutes later. Took it to the dealer and they could not find anything wrong with the vehicle, nor was there a code indicating a problem. Once it would not start for 2 days. Power seems to work as radio and lights come on. We we raised the front hood, the engine seemed to make a hiss when we tried to start it, but did not start to turn over at all.
My car has 53,000 miles and I live in the upper midwest.
#13 of 95 Re: My BMW has starting problems [widriver2]
Feb 12, 2009 (2:35 pm)
I was wondering if you found a solution to the problem you had with your car no starting. It appears I have the same problem on my 2002 325 ix.
I took the starter out and had it tested. It tested fine. I 'm wondering if there's a problem with the alternator since one of the two main leads to the starter comes through/from there.
#14 of 95 2002 325i starting problems
Feb 23, 2009 (10:48 am)
I have the same issue with comment # 12. My car is now at 103,000 miles and this is the first time I've had problems with it. I know it's not the battery because I just had the dealer change it out a few months ago. By the way, don't be fooled by thinking only the dealer can deal with this "special" battery as they said. I was fooled because I read in the manual that the battery could be fixed sometimes by recharging it. But when i was at the dealer, they said something was wrong with the battery and couldn't be recharged. So in my case, or our case I should say, would it be the starter?
#15 of 95 Re: 2002 325i starting problems [jphsieh]
Feb 23, 2009 (5:33 pm)
It could still be the battery- have it load tested. Also check and make sure that all battery connections and main grounds are clean and secure. It might be the starter, but in 25 years of BMW ownership and maintenance I've never had to replace one. Find a good indie BMW tech who knows how to diagnose problems- not just throw parts at them.
#16 of 95 2002 325i Starting Issue
Mar 23, 2009 (3:01 pm)
Over the last 6 weeks or so, I have several incidences where my 325i won't start. The starter turns over for several seconds, but there is no ignition. Every time I've been able to get it started by turning the key all the way off and retrying, usually several times.
Today when it happened, I noticed that the gas gauge needle was pegged on empty and (I think) non of the engine lights where lit. When it finally did start, the gas gauge was working. The radio was working fine.
So it seems there's a loose connection somewhere between the key and the rest of the system. Any ideas on where I should start looking?
#17 of 95 Re: 2002 325i Starting Issue [mschukar]
Apr 09, 2009 (10:53 am)
No idea, that doesn't sounds good though. I also have a 2002 325i, I havent had any problems with it. How many miles do you have on it?
#18 of 95 2002 330ci starting issues
Apr 11, 2009 (3:10 pm)
my daughters 330 has an occasional no start. engine cranks but will not complete firing. all has been checked including steering column teardown with no results. not a daily occurance but weekly and i am at my wits end. since its at bmw when i drive it, it never occurs. thanks for your help. harv
#19 of 95 Re: 2002 330ci starting issues [harv62844]
Apr 11, 2009 (8:37 pm)
What about the main and fuel pump relays?
#20 of 95 Re: 2002 330ci starting issues [roadburner]
Apr 12, 2009 (8:09 am)
hi and thanks for the reply. i'll request they look at those recommendations and should you think of any other possibles please let me know. once again, thanks, harv
#21 of 95 Re: 2002 330ci starting issues [harv62844]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Apr 13, 2009 (7:22 am)
fuel pressure regulator? If the fuel rail pressure bleeds down overnight, or after a day's parking, then you have to crank and crank to force the fuel pump to re-pressurize the entire rail.