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Old 02-16-2013, 05:18 PM
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2000 X5 won't start? Please help, I need to go to work!

So i have read this thread many times for help, but this is my first time posting.

My wife left the key in the ignition in the on position and killed the battery (and key?). I have recharged the battery with the key in the ignition in the first position for approximately 30 hours. All the lights and gauges now work, but when I turn the key, nothing happens. Maybe it is the immobiliser? Or EWS problem?

I bought the car used and only have one key. Any suggestions would be helpful, I need to get to work and don't want to have to have the car towed to the nearest stealer (100 miles away) to get it going again.

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Old 02-16-2013, 05:25 PM
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Why did you have it in the 1st position? It isn't nessesary. When you try and start the vehicle, what occurs? Is it cranking but not engaging or is absolutely nothing happening meaning the lights on the dash cut out?

Need more info.

Also did you try locking and unlocking the X with the remote? Have you checked the voltage of the battery? How did you recharge it?
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Old 02-16-2013, 05:46 PM
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Remove the key, open the door, get out, close the door, lock the door with the key or remote, reopen the door with the key or remote see if the engine will now start.
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Old 02-16-2013, 05:48 PM
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I think he made it to work. Its been a half hour. That or he's in the garage cursing at it.
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Stealer said that maybe the battery in the key was dead and to try charging the key in the first position while charger was attached to car.

When I turn the key to start, nothing happens, dash lights stay the same, no dimming at all. Headlights work with no dimming either when attempting to start.

Lock and unlock work fine.

I charged the car through the terminals under the hood.

I don't have a voltage gauge, so I have not checked that, sorry.
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Old 02-16-2013, 05:56 PM
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everything twin and allnighter said!!!

besides, charging for 30 hours might not be enough to crank the starter... if you have some friend close by with another BMW or MB, or a heavy duty truck, try to jump the car. a honda or toyota will not do - my sister in law once got battery drained (playing loud music in a parking lot with bunch of guys in Civics), and could not get jumped (i mean, the battery!!!), so she called me... i got there, saw little civic trying to jump an E36... connected the E34, a minute later it fired up...

in other words, you need a car with potent alternator to jump your X... then drive 100 miles, and charge it...
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Old 02-16-2013, 06:04 PM
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everything twin and allnighter said!!!

besides, charging for 30 hours might not be enough to crank the starter... if you have some friend close by with another BMW or MB, or a heavy duty truck, try to jump the car. a honda or toyota will not do - my sister in law once got battery drained (playing loud music in a parking lot with bunch of guys in Civics), and could not get jumped (i mean, the battery!!!), so she called me... i got there, saw little civic trying to jump an E36... connected the E34, a minute later it fired up...

in other words, you need a car with potent alternator to jump your X... then drive 100 miles, and charge it...

and could not get jumped (i mean, the battery!!!)

Did you mean the guys in the Civic was impotent or just their car?
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Old 02-16-2013, 06:22 PM
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HELP!! Bad Voltage Regulator?

Use this procedure to check the voltage through your OBC. And what I mean by recharge was did you use a trickle charger like a battery tender or did you use a booster box???
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I have tried getting out, locking and unlocking, but no start. I tried to jump it with a 4runner, but it won't even crank all.

I charged it at 2 volts on my charger.
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and could not get jumped (i mean, the battery!!!)

Did you mean the guys in the Civic was impotent or just their car?

you should see my sis-in-law - a dead will get an erec... errr... i mean... hahaha... she is a fine specimen of the gender... lol... especially, considering, the story happened a few years back, when she was 17 (E36 was her b.day present)... If you think a bimmer is a chick magnet, you should have seen her popularity SOAR with the boys... yeah... like she needed a boost!!! so, she had a half a dozen of civics, and whatever else the boys are driving now, and they all tried to impress her with their car jumping abilities (probably in hopes to imply their "other" jumping abilities!!!)... all of them failed miserably... that whole picture was sooo funny - parking lot, kids in their rides, an E36 coupe, black, with dead battery, bunch of guys with jumper cables, 3 cute girls (they were with my sis-in-law), and none of the guys could get the car running... an old dude with a young wife (my wife was about 22 at the time) shows up in E34 and starts it up - just another reason for the boys to go to college and earn well for a bimmer.... hahaha...

but hey, we are waaay off topic here....

Elmo, what is your status at this moment? were you able to fire the X up? at the moment of start up, the starter drinks a lot of juice...
once you get the doors locked/unlocked as per post above, keep the key in your pocket, keep the door open, turn the interior lights off, keep everything off, no radio, no headlights, battery is on the charger...

if your charger allows you to crank up the Amps to charge quickly, do it for about 2 minutes and then try to fire up the engine...

if the charger does not allow to increase the amperage, then charge it on slow, for couple of hours and then try to fire up the car without touching the door (already opened), or otherwise waking the car up.

if your charger allows to start the engine off the charger, then try that...

if you have somebody nearby with a good size (alternator-wise) car, then connect the jumpers, let the donor car idle for about 5 minutes, then rev the RPMs on the donor car upto 2000 RPMs, keep it there at no less than 2000 for about 2 minutes and then try to start the engine while the donor car still cranks up the RPMs...

one of these methods should get you running...

and the battery - since it was discharged, you will need to get a replacement battery, rather sooner than later (unless you have the ability to recondition the battery)...
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