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Old 09-17-2009, 08:36 AM   #1
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car really hesitant to start...

no warning lights or anything, turn the key and it is very slow to start... this started happening yesterday. I turned started it, turned it off, and started again this morning and it was fine on the 2nd start, but the next time i started it about an hour later same thing again?

this ever happen to anyone?
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Old 09-19-2009, 12:03 PM   #2
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What is slow to start? Is the engine sputtering and slow to get going or is the starter slow? I think I may have a similar problem as you do. Mine turns over fine but then sputters about for a couple of seconds as if it is choking.
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Old 10-19-2009, 07:47 PM   #3
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Did you guys manage to find out what was the cause of the starter problem?
I have a similar problem whereby when i crank the starter on the first go it will not start, but as soon as i crank the starter for a second time the car starts up immediately with no problems.

Initially it wasn't so frequent, but of late it occurs all the time. Usually occurs when the car is cold (morning) or has been rested for some time i.e gone for shopping.
Basically takes me 2 cranks to start the car up.

I've tried changing the fuel filter before, its helps whereby engine starts up on 1st crank. but after a month problem arises again.
Could it be the relay? fuel pump? I can hear the fuel pump buzzz at step 1 of startup engine check.
Don't think its the start ignition....Any ideas?

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Old 10-19-2009, 09:21 PM   #4
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i notice my ccar started to the same thing as it got colder so happen one of my cells in my battery was dead check ur battry and alt. for charging system make sure its good... if u changed the fuel filter check ur plugs how old are they maybe its to cold so the plug have to get warm to get ignition something like that ... after u check ur battery and u still have the same problem pm me for more info on a help .... BTW do u have any CEL and maybe u should get a scan from a gt1 cuz something u will have a fault code and the CEL will not come on but a GT1 can pick it up Thanks .
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Old 10-19-2009, 10:25 PM   #5
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i notice my ccar started to the same thing as it got colder so happen one of my cells in my battery was dead check ur battry and alt. for charging system make sure its good... if u changed the fuel filter check ur plugs how old are they maybe its to cold so the plug have to get warm to get ignition something like that ... after u check ur battery and u still have the same problem pm me for more info on a help .... BTW do u have any CEL and maybe u should get a scan from a gt1 cuz something u will have a fault code and the CEL will not come on but a GT1 can pick it up Thanks .
Thanks for your quick response. I will try checking the battery and changing the plugs and let you know of the results.
So far I don't get any CEL or any warnings from bmw diagnose (GT1)
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