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Old 05-11-2004, 08:44 PM   #1
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Unhappy Engine (e46) will not start, please help.

My first problem is the moonroof not closing. Whenever I press the close button it closes then retracts as if something is blocking it but I've checked and nothing. So right now, the moonroof is open and I tried parking the car in the garage but the engine won't start, rather it's just two loud clicks. Maybe it's because the moonroof is still open? I don't know what to do.
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Old 05-11-2004, 09:09 PM   #2
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My first problem is the moonroof not closing. Whenever I press the close button it closes then retracts as if something is blocking it but I've checked and nothing. So right now, the moonroof is open and I tried parking the car in the garage but the engine won't start, rather it's just two loud clicks. Maybe it's because the moonroof is still open? I don't know what to do.
How's the battery doing? Does the stereo work?
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Old 05-11-2004, 09:14 PM   #3
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How's the battery doing? Does the stereo work?

the battery is perfect as well as the stereo. any suggestions would be of great help. thanks for your reply.
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Old 05-11-2004, 09:20 PM   #4
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hmm i thought your batter is dead...
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Old 05-11-2004, 09:22 PM   #5
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auto? check if its in drive
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Old 05-11-2004, 09:25 PM   #6
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the battery is perfect as well as the stereo. any suggestions would be of great help. thanks for your reply.
I only asked about the stereo because a low battery will degrade its sound quality. It seriously sounds like a power issue and the first place to start is the battery.
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Old 05-11-2004, 10:10 PM   #7
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If it is a 2004 there is a recall. I have a 325 coupe so I dont know if the recall includes sedans as well. The recall has something to do with the battery going dead so if your car is a 2004 there is a good chance this is whats causing it.
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If it is a 2004 there is a recall. I have a 325 coupe so I dont know if the recall includes sedans as well. The recall has something to do with the battery going dead so if your car is a 2004 there is a good chance this is whats causing it.
i wish! but it's an '01. the stereo, the lights and everything else works perfect including the power windows. it's just the sunroof and the engine being a pain even though there is power, should i still use a jumper cable?
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Old 05-12-2004, 12:34 AM   #9
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i wish! but it's an '01. the stereo, the lights and everything else works perfect including the power windows. it's just the sunroof and the engine being a pain even though there is power, should i still use a jumper cable?

Jump it. Everything worked perfect in my 330 when the battery died, cept it wouldn't start.

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Old 05-12-2004, 12:43 AM   #10
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Jump it....everything else uses a fraction of the power compared to the starter.

The sun roof will probably require a new cassette.

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Ok, we finally closed the sunroof manually and yeah we did jump it and it started. i'm just going to go to a bmw dealership and have them look at my sunroof because i'm afraid to touch that button and open it myself. thank you guys for your help!
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Old 05-12-2004, 04:43 PM   #12
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Question for you guys

I have a manual car and sometimes it does this. The car wont start but stereo and everything else is fine. I do depress the clutch all the way down prior to turning the key. The engine just wont start. It would do this randomly. Would this be a battery problem?

FYI, I did take it to the dealers and they gave me the famous "we cant duplicate it" comment. Any help is appreciated.
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1) Sun Roof: The same thing happened to me. I would have to help it out manually (guide it along). Brought it back to the dealership and they put a new motor in. Now it works fine. (covered under warranty)

2) Engine won't start: How often do you rotate your keys? If that battery goes dead in your key, I don't think your car will start because of the chip. I was told by BMW to rotate them every year so they can keep a charge by the ignition. But this could be SO many different things, just trying to cover the most obvious.
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