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#71 of 88 Similar starting problems, but some differences
Sep 23, 2012 (4:29 am)
Good morning, all! We are so grateful for this thread and the symptoms related to a possible integrated supply module replacement.
My husband has owned his '07 530xi (65k) for not even two months and has gotten to drive it less than three weeks worth of time. Got the car to the dealer (short version) where they decided that the replaced battery had never been programmed to the computer. They said we may or may not still have to replace it after they charged it fully and removed all the low voltage codes it was flashing.
The car ran fine for almost two weeks after purchase, then randomly would not start. It seems the major difference between our problem and those of many posters here is that the car would crank, it just would never turn over. It also never stalled on the road. It only stalled once, but that was after a successful attempt to start the car and then only a few seconds after the engine turned over and began to run.
We have had the car back from the dealer for less than a week, and this morning it would not start again. Now, however, the starter cranks and the engine turns over then stalls. Doesn't sound like battery to me. It is colder now (had out first frost last night at around 31degrees F), but the car is garaged.
Do we think this could also be an integrated supply module problem? I think hubs is at his wits end, but are now afraid we are stuck with this car because we won't resell to someone else knowing it has these problems. And we really don't want to spend a fortune fishing around for answers at the dealer.
FWIW, the first mechanic we had the car in to before getting it to the dealer (local , reputable and experienced with Beemers) had it for a full five days before the car decided not to start again. He successfully turned the key several times a day for every one of those five days.
#72 of 88 Re: Similar starting problems, but some differences [steveshannon]
Sep 23, 2012 (5:38 am)
Sorry to hear about your frustrations, been there and know the feeling. Well my biggest complaint was always that the car would not turn over at all when pressing the start button, however it did randomly shut off as well a few seconds after it finally started. So you are seeing one of the three or four symptoms that I saw which were resolved by replacing the IVM. Normally I would think that the car not starting (but turning over) could be traced back to a lack of spark, fuel, and diagnosed fairly easily, BUT given the complete havoc that a bad IVM can cause (without throwing a single error code) it wouldn't be a bad place to start. Also, since the part costs about the same as a few light bulbs in that car - it won't hurt your wallet too much to replace it even if you are wrong.
The dealer at first refused to change mine as since it wasn't throwing any codes, BMWUSA wouldn't reimburse them for the part as they couldn't justify the change (mine was under warrantee) but I was to the point where I would have just bought the part myself and put it in...isn't that hard.
But after changing mine, the car has been rock solid for almost 8 months now.
#73 of 88 Re: Similar starting problems, but some differences [jondhoughton]
Sep 23, 2012 (6:37 am)
Thank you, you bring up excellent points. I also am strangely encouraged that the ivm does not throw codes. The dealer did address every code they were given and the car still won't run. I am thinking a part is in order; hubs is fairly adept at car DIY so why not, right?
#74 of 88 Re: Car Will Not Start - HELP!! [michaelmig]
Nov 13, 2012 (1:52 pm)
I'm experiencing the same thing. Mechanic says battery, alternator, starter all good. Turn the key and dash lights up, radio, lights, etc. all work fine, but turn the key and it is absolutely dead. No clicking, nothing. I welcome any feedback or suggestions anyone has. 2005 BMW 525i, 2.5 litre v6.
#75 of 88 Re: Flashing messages 5301 won't start [strom3]
Dec 01, 2012 (7:10 pm)
We are having this same issue with my car. Was wondering if you figured out what was wrong. My husband changed the oil and the car worked fine. Then he tried to reset the service light and now my car won't start and it's flashing all kinds of errors.
Any help or advice would be great!
Thanks so much!
#76 of 88 throttle problem 2006 bmw
Dec 21, 2012 (4:38 pm)
I have 06 525 bmw and the starter went out.. replaced it and had a local experienced import mechanic do that.. but my husbands friend pulled the old starter off and the throttle or gas pedal wont work now.. the car starts and runs but jumps and sputters. I press the gas pedal and nothing... The mechanic said he doesnt know???? So I told him to bring me the car back. Now its sitting here and starts but I cant drive it. All sorts of warnings and reduced power lights come on... Any help???? Or should I just junk it??? : (
#77 of 88 2005 BMW 525i e60
Jan 30, 2013 (8:08 am)
The car labors when starting after a lengthy stop, engine seems to labor when starting but eventually after a 'whooshing' sound' does start. Thereafter, it starts perfectly. The only proble is in the mornings or after a few hours when I wish to restart example a few hours later when it is cooled off a bit.
The starter turns but not the engine immeditely. If there are other queries to understand the problem better, please feel free to ask.
#78 of 88 Re: throttle problem 2006 bmw [hairspice1]
Jan 31, 2013 (3:52 am)
have you still got the car? I can replace throttle cable.
#79 of 88 Re: throttle problem 2006 bmw [trwcert]
Jan 31, 2013 (7:35 am)
Hi, Where are you situated so that I could bring it to?
I am in Midrand Johannesburg,
So you say it is the throttle cable? right?
How long is this job?
#80 of 88 Re: throttle problem 2006 bmw [saps]
by Kirstie@Edmunds HOST
Feb 01, 2013 (11:31 am)
Well, that's probably not going to work out, since the other member isn't in your area. Nice offer, but given that our forums have participants from all over the world, the chances of two members being close enough to give each other hands-on assistance are slim.