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  1. 1999 E46 318I SE - Starting Problems 
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    mrt1989's Car Details
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    318I SE
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    1999
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    Hi Everyone,

    New to the forum, just bought my 3rd bmw, had a couple of e36's before but new to the e46 scene lol.

    Basically I bought it cheap in the knowledge it needed a few bits. At the time when I went to look at it, it had been stood a while and the lad said he would have to jump it off. It jumped off fine, so I imagined it would just be a new battery, £60 and jobs a good en!

    Well the first few days I had it I had to jump it a couple of times cause tbh I dont really use the car much as I use a works van.

    So to cut a long story short the problem is as follows:

    When I put the key in the ignition I only get the mileage reading and the CD player coming on, no dash lights or fuel gauge etc

    When I bump off the car or jump it off it starts fine

    I have checked the earth from the battery to the boot

    I have checked fuses

    I have had the battery checked at my local autoland

    My mates had a multimeter on the battery and the alternator, battery is reading about 11.5v and the alternator about 13v

    Does any one have any ideas or suggestions, all will be welcomed.

    Cheers, Rich
     
     

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    Can anybody assist the OP ?
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    I would be checking the engine earth. There should be a metal strap running from the engine block to the body somewhere....

    Check this is still attached and free from corrosion.....
     
     

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