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      10-28-2012, 04:52 AM   #7
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Drives: BMW E46 330i
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Melbourne

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Majority of the times, it's a steering column lock problem.
Steering column had to be replace.
A diagnoses from the factory diagnostic will tell you what it requires, sometimes new column plus programming, sometimes just programming.
I have never heard the battery would cause that.
I have seen many case where the car still starts and drives normal. And as many case where the car will not start at all. It will require a diagnostic machine to be plug in to it and reset the counter on the ELV.