Hey guys, I've got a problem with my e46 330d not starting....first turn of the key in the ignition, all the relevant lights come on, fuel pump seems fine, then go to fire and nothing, just the click of the key turning...(vid below)
Now it all started a few days ago, I noticed that my battery light was on. Got to Saturday night after work, I went to start it and it wouldn't start as the battery was dead. I managed to get it running but we didn't leave it charging too long. Then with the car running (thinking the alternator would charge the battery) I switched the lights on and started driving out, but then noticed everything dimming. Parked the car up with it running, then all of a sudden, a few lights flickered/dimmed on the dash and the car died again. So I thought it's definitely got to be the alternator not charging the battery.
So took the battery out, got a lift home, put it on quick charge, then later on went back to the car and fitted the battery and also put jump leads on to charge it up some more. Turned my car over and started perfect, all the lights really bright, so thought brilliant, this will get me home!
Then on the way home (10 mile trip) the battery started dying again, everything started getting dimmer and flickering, had to stop at some traffic lights and the car was being really sluggish. Then ended up dying on me again, battery totally flat.
Ended up getting it jumped again and just getting it home. So then took the battery out, took it inside and left it on charge all of Saturday night. Plan was to get it charged, get the car running again and do some tests on the alternator.
Come Sunday morning, fitted the battery, and then the car wouldn't start at all (vid above).
What I've done so far:
Tested the battery, seems fine (holding 12.5, a little low but should be enough to crank the motor)
Tried jumping it with various cars,
Tested the fuel pump and fuel pump relay, all seem fine
Tested the starter solenoid, there is a permanent feed going to it, but seems to be nothing going from the ignition barrel to the starter
The starter cranks the engine but it doesn't fire up when bypassed
So the suspected fault is somewhere between the key/ignition and the starter....I'm not good with electrics at all so I'm stumped
Hoping it's not something immobiliser related....
Any ideas guys? :(
Any help is appreciated
On a related note, there's not anyone from around Nottingham/Derby that has diagnostic software!?