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Hey, I need help!
I am hearing a grinding noise on my 325ci 2003 right after the engine starts up for 1-2 seconds, ONLY on a cold start. Sounds like the starter to me. has anyone else had this problem? and what did you do?
 

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kinda sounds like trying to start an already started engine just after the engine starts, and lasts for only a second? yep. i think the starter is sticking. happens only on cold starts. mine does. so far im not worried about it. when the starter hangs on for more than a second, then ill have bmw replace it. but it has only happened since the real cold part of winter has set in.
 

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Same model and year and mine did the grinding noise a few times. Now it wont start at all so i did a jump start to make sure its not the alternator. Jump start worked now time to fab my way into the motor to replace the starter! Wish me luck.:banghead:
 

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My 05 does the same thing. Definitely the starter. I learned to crank it just enough that the grinding happens very briefly or not at all.
 
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