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Unread 09-01-2011, 10:00 AM   #1

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sos please help(electrical problem)

hi every one
i have bmw e36 320i 1998
i have done a huge mistake,i wanted to replace the old battery with the new one an unfortunately i reversed the pole of battery and after a min there was a mass of smoke coming out of my car.
i took it to the show room and they told me the alternator and the main electrical system is gone and i have to pay about 1500 EUR to change the mane electrical part,
do u guys know what is the main electrical part or is there such a thing in a car
couse after that accident the car was starting all the light and every thing was working but the car didn't turn on.
please help and give me some advise
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Unread 09-02-2011, 08:43 AM   #2

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This is a problem that I would take to a shop that specializes in automotive electrics rather than to a dealer. I don't know what they mean by "main electrical system"

You may well have cooked a whole bunch of things. It would not surprise me at all if you end up spending $1500 euros or more. Just be glad your car is not the current generation of BMW with a half-dozen always-hot computers.

The fact that the car won't start worries me. Do the warning lights in the dash illuminate normally and does the engine crank when you turn the key?
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