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    Hi Im hoping someone can help because i've run out of ideas!

    I have got a 1995 e36 318is coupe which every so often decides it doesnt want to start.

    I turn the key and all i get are the lights on the dash but nothing else. Starter doesnt even make an attempt.

    I first thought it was something to do with an aftermarket immobiliser that was fitted, so i have removed it, which didnt work.

    Then i was told it could be the transponder in the key so i got a new one from BMW but that hasnt helped either.

    I have also checked the starter relay and the ignition switch but both are fine so its not that either.

    I think its something to do with the EWS system, so when it was in the garage for something else i asked them to look at it. They came back with the EWS ECU being the fault. However i have put it into a BMW Bosch specialist since who said they thought that would be unlikely as they usually either work fine or not at all.

    So i asked them to look at it and tell me what it was if not the ECU, but they couldnt find anything and told me i would have to take it to them with the fault happening. Problem with that is it only does it once every week or so, and if you leave it for a bit it will usually start, so its no good callin anyone out because by the time they get to it, she starts up fine and i look stupid! lol!

    So my question is, has anyone had this fault and how did they fix it? Are there any obvious solutions that i havent thought of yet?

    I think its going to be trial and error to fix this so any help would be much appreciated. As its a really annoying fault and has left me stranded for an hour or so in the past! Would like to get it fixed!

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    Could be a knackered starter motor. I had to replace mine last year at around 110,000 miles.

    I can't remember if it got to the point of not making an attempt, I think it might have, but there were defo times when it wouldn't connect to the flywheel properly and so the car wouldn't start, and it would have to be bump-started.

    It rarely happened from cold, but when I'd have driven somewhere, and the engine was warm, I'd try to start it and it wouldn't go.
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    Thanks for your quick reply! But i knew i'd forgeotten to say something! I have in fact replaced the starter motor, that didnt help either so can rule that out to!

    On your point about temperature, mine is a lot worse when its cold or wet. Which isnt much help in this climate! I wasnt sure if it was just a coincidence or if something is getting damp. But i would have thought the garages could have spotted if that is the problem.
     
     

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    Distro cap then?
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    Would that prevent the starter motor turning though?
     
     

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    If it does not happen very often, and then cures itself again, why bother spending more and more money on it.

    If i were you, i'd save your pennies for if something imperitive goes wrong.

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    As far as the starter motor is concerned, while the problem is there, check whether you're getting 12v at the black/yellow wire at the starter motor when the key is turned to start position.
    Has any of the garages checked the DME (ECU) unit which lives in a compartment in the bulkhead behind the battery. These are prone to getting flooded with water and cause all manner of symptoms. You need to determine if any dampness is present around the module and even inside the module.
     
     

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    It does cure itself eventually, but can take hours sometimes, and has left me stuck in petrol stations, carparks and at work! It would be nice to be able to get in my car and know its going to start. Its fine when its at home because i can drive one of the others but if im out, im stuck. Plus its happening more often so the car is just getting less reliable.

    Its not the starter itself as ive changed it and its made no difference.

    I'll have to see if its damp then.
     
     

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    Have a look at EWS here...

    http://www.europeantransmissions.com...0EWS%20BMW.pdf

    Might give you some idea of the components that can go wrong. Have you had the DME out? Is it dry?
     
     

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    thanks for that, i have seen it before, is a useful doc.

    I havent had it out myself, however the garage that looked at it for me did, but they didnt mention that it was damp.

    Sounds like i need to look at it myself, its just im not very confident with electrics.
     
     

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