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Old 11-05-2005, 06:36 PM   #1
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Exclamation 330 not starting....

ok so we ggot a steep driveway, and the 330 wont start if its faced down hill. it makes a sound slike the started went out or something. it clicks, the lights flash as if its starting and then nothing. no turn over or anthing. weird thing is if i put the car on the same driveway faceing upwards(fron of car is at top of grade) then it doesnt do it. The symptoms go away as sonn as u put the car on flat land and giv it five minutes. any ideas?
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Old 11-05-2005, 07:27 PM   #2
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we also have an extrmely steep driveway, it did something similar, first of all, our battery was practically dead, but it only happened once, but on the driveway, u come to start it, it just whines, roll down the hill and on the road, u can start it fine, it sounded like the starter was slipping b/c every once in a while it would catch and the car would ALMOST turn on but not really
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Old 11-06-2005, 02:05 AM   #4
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sounds right.
anyway to fix it?
edit* as u see in the sig the 330 would be parked exactly like that. that part of the driveway isnt THAT steep.
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Old 11-06-2005, 02:18 AM   #5
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It's the battery.

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Old 11-06-2005, 07:43 AM   #6
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Cheapest way to get a fix, first test your battery, you dont need to replace it if its not bad. 2nd if its bad, replace it with a BMW OEM battery. I believe for you car it goes for 100-150$.
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Could be something to do with the fluids in the battery. Instead of turning the car around, turn the battery around or tilt it to level, and see if it starts then?
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thats a very odd problem to have but its not that far fetched. agreed on the advice of checking the batery / leveling it.

i'm interested to know if that is actualy the problem
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Old 11-09-2005, 02:29 PM   #9
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thats a very odd problem to have but its not that far fetched. agreed on the advice of checking the batery / leveling it.

i'm interested to know if that is actualy the problem
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update
yea it was the battery.

cost us 172 dollars with tax.
fixed the problem. the car starts like a dream once again.
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$172 for a battery? Damn.

I paid like $110 for mine and got a high end one.
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Old 12-12-2005, 10:24 PM   #12
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$172 for a battery? Damn.

I paid like $110 for mine and got a high end one.
it was a BMW battery. I guess the battery has a huge voltage(..or what ever they measure it in) so no other companies make them that strong. we called 5 places before bmw.
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