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Old 04-22-2007, 10:31 AM   #1
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Unhappy Ignition failing to come on

Just got a 2001 325se touring.

Really happy with it apart from a problem which is now getting worse and worse. The ignition is failing to start when the key is turned to the number 2 position. The airbag light comes on and radio and windows work on number 1 but when I turn to number 2 nothing changes. Have tried with both keys just in case it was a key problem.

I have to keep trying until all of a sudden it will all fire up as normal.

Hope some one can point me in the right direction.

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Old 04-22-2007, 11:35 AM   #2
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maybe a battery. Although the smptoms for that is headlights flashing and starter clicking.

does your Check Engine light come out after you start it up?
If so take the car to a oil change place(like oil changers 3000 or something) and get a free OBDII code reading.

That might give you more answers.
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Old 04-22-2007, 03:09 PM   #3
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Battery is all fine.

When the ignition does finally come on and I then start the car it all runs fine and their are no warning lights.

Think hooking it up to the computer is the next step.
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Old 04-27-2007, 02:03 PM   #4
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Got it sorted.

Just in case anyone is getting the same problem it was the ignition switch. Simple really
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Old 07-08-2007, 03:56 AM   #5
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Thanks to your help and a new ignition switch my car is now sorted, i had the same problem but it started with just the abs light not coming on. cheers!!!
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Old 07-27-2011, 01:08 PM   #6
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hi i have the same problem everything works until you try to start it when you say ignition switch do you mean the barel or is the switch different ?
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Old 07-29-2011, 11:57 AM   #7
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mine started working again now but I changed the switch anyway so hopefully shud have no further problems
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Old 09-04-2011, 03:06 PM   #8
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I have the same problem too. my everything switches on but doesn't crank and there's no beeping sound when key is in the ignition. any advice on DIY?
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Old 09-20-2011, 12:57 PM   #9
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in the post above all the problems hav bin ignition switch so i wud try that first or get garage to test it
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