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#10 of 88 Re: BMW 525i 2003 50K starting problem. Please help!!! [pham]
Nov 27, 2007 (1:01 pm)
How can I tell if the problem is the starter or alternater or anything else? Please advise.
If the battery is discharged you either have a bad battery, an excessive current drain on the battery, or a bad alternator. Any good shop will be able to load test the battery as well as measure the current drain and alternator output. My bet is on a current drain, altenator next, and a bad battery last.
#11 of 88 2002 525i ignition problem
Dec 27, 2007 (9:47 am)
since about 3 weeks ago, sometime I start the car(not all the time), with cluch pressed, key all the way down, not thing happened, but if I let go the cluch and press it down again, then the car start, took it to Torrance BMW, service guy stated, just to check this problem is $1500, as they will have to open the cluch assembly, anuone have any idea whats wrong?
#12 of 88 2003 525 Not starting
Jan 02, 2008 (6:59 pm)
I have 2003 BMW 525 (Canadian) was parked for a weak over christmass. Can't start it. Lights work, can hear the starter turning. refuses to fire up. Any thoughts.
#13 of 88 Re: 2003 525 Not starting [lancer5]
Jan 02, 2008 (7:04 pm)
Is the engine actually turning over? If not I'm going to say "weak battery".
#14 of 88 Re: 2003 525 Not starting [shipo]
Jan 02, 2008 (7:09 pm)
I think so, the starter turns, So I assume the engine is turning. I have never jump started a BMW , But am familiar with Cars in general. I could try jump starting though I am a little apprehensive about it !
#15 of 88 Re: 2003 525 Not starting [lancer5]
Mar 23, 2008 (7:43 am)
off topic slightly but I just wanted to thank roadrunner from everyone - you seem to be a person we can count on answering our questions, clearly with useful knowledge of the subject
#16 of 88 Re: 2003 525 Not starting [mrfinagle]
Mar 23, 2008 (11:11 am)
Thanks for the kind words. I'm just glad to be able to help fellow BMW owners.
#17 of 88 Re: BMW 525i 2003 50K starting problem. Please help!!! [pham]
May 06, 2008 (11:43 pm)
I had the same problem,disconnect the fuse for the radio amplifier in the trunk . I think the radio amplifier is powered with a relay. I don;t have the problem anymore, just no radio. I replaced the amplifier,had the same problem. I have heard that there is a problem with the radio drawing excessive current when the ignition is off.Normal current draw should be about 60ma, with amplifier pluged in 600ma.Ther is a serious problem with the radio electrical.I will try to locate the culprit. Still think it is a relay to the power for the amplifier.
#18 of 88 1988 BMW 535i
May 22, 2008 (11:13 am)
I just bought a 535i that doesnt like to start. It does have an old battery that does need to be replaced.. It turns over and holds a charge and when I shut the trunk hard it actually started up. What would cause that problem everything works perfectly. I'm lost
#19 of 88 Re: 1988 BMW 535i [crshvctm]
May 22, 2008 (11:55 am)
Make sure all connections-particularly both ends of the ground cable-are clean and tight.