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#51 of 95 HELP-slow start
Jun 13, 2012 (4:35 am)
I have a 2006 325i bmw-replaced battery because sometimes the car wouldn't start-had to be jumped-would be okay for a couple weeks and then wouldn't start. Now that battery is replaced-it starts but sometimes you aren't so sure. It starts slow. I am going to take it to my bmw dealership on Friday-but know nothing about repair work-could anyone give me advice on what the dealership might say and what might be cost? Any help greatly appreciated:)
#52 of 95 Re: HELP-slow start [toppercat]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Jun 13, 2012 (8:22 am)
A known issue on BMWs--the dealer will probably perform an "energy diagnosis" to determine if there is some fault causing the battery to drain--for instance, the car could not be entering "sleep mode", or it could be constantly re-awakened out of, and back into, sleep mode.
The Technical Service bulletin on this issue is identified thusly:
SI B61 13 05
General Electrical Systems
This Service Information bulletin supersedes SI B61 13 05 dated February 2011.
If you have some "non-approved accessory" installed on the car, the dealer might bring that up.
#53 of 95 new starter and new battery and still NO START
Aug 05, 2012 (2:08 pm)
PLEASE HELP ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 325I 06 long story short first replaced battery-by bmw dealership said that fixed problem then same problem went back then they said oh now it needs new starter-said fixed week later same problem-going back Tuesday-$1500.00 later-I am not wealthy-can't keep throwing money in this car-can any one help and tell me if the dealership should give me my money back???? How do I handle this with the dealership?????????? Any advice-sooooooooooo appreciated:)
#54 of 95 Re: HELP-slow start [Mr_Shiftright]
Aug 05, 2012 (5:14 pm)
Thank you for your information-I have no after factory on my car and now I am having more problems-have posted the nightmare-if you can-I would love to hear your comment on my situation. Thank you again:)
#55 of 95 Re: new starter and new battery and still NO START [toppercat]
Aug 06, 2012 (12:56 pm)
This is a dealer problem, not a car problem. You need to find a shop that will perform a systematic diagnosis and not merely throw parts at the problem. As for the dealer reimbursing you, I'd note that the battery may have been going bad, although the original batteries in my BMWs have always lasted for at least 7-8 years. As far as the starter goes, I'd be willing to bet the farm that it was not bad. I've owned 10 BMWs over the past thirty years and I have never-EVER had to replace a starter- and I've owned several past 130,000 miles.
I'd go to BIMRS.org and look for a good independent shop.
#56 of 95 Re: new starter and new battery and still NO START [roadburner]
Aug 06, 2012 (4:43 pm)
Thank you roadburner-I am going to speak with the dealership tomorrow:)
#57 of 95 Re: new starter and new battery and still NO START [toppercat]
Aug 07, 2012 (6:41 am)
Ask them to explain how they determined that the battery and starter were bad. They will either give you a deer in the headlights stare or els say something like, "It's all very complicated and technical, we hooked it up to our diagnostic computer and it told us what was wrong."- which is another way for an incompetent shop to say "We made our best guess and threw the likely parts at it.
One more thing, BMW charges less than $400 retail for a new starter, solenoid, and mounting screws. How do they account fot a $1100 labor charge?
#58 of 95 Re: new starter and new battery and still NO START [roadburner]
Aug 07, 2012 (8:35 am)
"How do they account for a $1100 labor charge?"
Check fluids, belts, hoses
Inspect, inspect, inspect....
#59 of 95 Re: new starter and new battery and still NO START [roadburner]
Aug 07, 2012 (9:56 am)
It never ceases to amaze me just how much damage an unscrupulous/inept dealer can do to a brand's reputation.
#60 of 95 Re: new starter and new battery and still NO START [busiris]
Aug 07, 2012 (11:36 am)
I am SO blessed to have a dealer that is more than competent and charges a fair price. I recently had my 1995 ti in for a brake fluid flush and my service adviser told me "We'll keep an eye on the serpentine belts; you might want to consider replacing them next spring." He never tries to push unneeded work.