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      04-04-2010, 11:11 AM   #1
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Need to reset key fob or replace battery?

Hi, my fiance's 2006 BMW 325i won't start when I we push the start button, and the engine doesn't even try to turn. I'm really not sure what to do, and I'd hate to have it towed to the dealership if I don't have to.

Some lights on the dashboard display come on, most prominently a symbol of a key. Lights in the car do come on.

I thought that maybe the battery needed a jump and tried that, but there is really no change. A few more lights on the dashboard light up schizophrenically, such as a symbol of a car, but without the pedestal that signifies needing maintenance.

My fiance seems to think that the keys need to be reset - that she had to do that once before. But both of her two keys do not work, so that doesn't seem to make sense to me. However, it also doesn't quite seem like the battery is dead either.

Does anyone have any thoughts? Or suggestions for me to try out to identify the problem? Thanks.
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      04-04-2010, 02:41 PM   #2
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try changing battery in key fob?
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Put the fob in the dash--even with no battery, the fob works that way.

Assuming you have comfort access, it's a 2032 coin cell. Oddly, I went to 3 Wal Marts before finding one pack of them.
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try changing battery in key fob?
nope...key fobs charge when inserted on the slot...

I think it could be the battery...sounds like an electrical issue


OP ..if ur under warranty take it to ur stealership..if not take it to ur best local bmw shop
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Could be something as simple as a blown fuse.
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nope...key fobs charge when inserted on the slot...

I think it could be the battery...sounds like an electrical issue


OP ..if ur under warranty take it to ur stealership..if not take it to ur best local bmw shop
NOT if you have the comfort access fob -- they don't charge, they use a coin cell battery.
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Hi, my fiance's 2006 BMW 325i won't start when I we push the start button, and the engine doesn't even try to turn. I'm really not sure what to do, and I'd hate to have it towed to the dealership if I don't have to.

Some lights on the dashboard display come on, most prominently a symbol of a key. Lights in the car do come on.

I thought that maybe the battery needed a jump and tried that, but there is really no change. A few more lights on the dashboard light up schizophrenically, such as a symbol of a car, but without the pedestal that signifies needing maintenance.

My fiance seems to think that the keys need to be reset - that she had to do that once before. But both of her two keys do not work, so that doesn't seem to make sense to me. However, it also doesn't quite seem like the battery is dead either.

Does anyone have any thoughts? Or suggestions for me to try out to identify the problem? Thanks.
Did you ever find a solution to this? My 2006 325i is having the exact same problem.

Thanks!
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Did you ever find a solution to this? My 2006 325i is having the exact same problem.

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Do you have Comfort Access? If so, have you tried inserting the fob in the dash slot and then pushing the Start button?

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