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I have a 1997 bmw z3. Will not start, will not turn over, turn the key and no sound, Recently had a new battery installed. I know the radio requires a code, after the battery has been disconnected, by getting the serial no. and asking the bmw dealership for activation codes..Does the ANTI-THEFT feature work in a similiar way. most mechanics don’t have much experience with this problem and BMW just wants the car towed in to their shop so they can check it out. They offer no help or suggestions.
Submitted: 11 years ago.
Category: Car
Expert:  Marc replied 11 years ago.
 

that's why BMW has a class action law suite against them Not sharing information
Customer: replied 11 years ago.
Reply to enginboy's Post: Can I repair or replace without going to BMW. Will an independant have the ability to repair or will this be a waste of money in towing charges. I'm hoping to avoid a 4 digit repair bill from BMW
Expert:  jon_050 replied 11 years ago.

 Do you have power anywhere? Have you checked the basics?


How long did the car run (how many succesful starts) before this problem arose?

Customer: replied 11 years ago.
Reply to jon_050's Post: I have power, the dash lights up the battery is new I can turn it over using a starter button I made going directly to the starter but no spark to the ignition. I bought it this way knowing it was the immobilizer due to a OBDII code that was read at a repair shop, since then it was erased. I get passed with the OBDII when I run the codes they must have cleared them.
Expert:  Steve replied 11 years ago.
without the imobilizer working its shutting off the fuel and or ignition pump its not reading the transponder in the key.
Customer: replied 11 years ago.
Reply to Steve's Post: This is confirmation to what I was suspecting all along. I wasn't sure if it disabled the ignition and or the fuel. I'm still not sure if a new key would solve my problems or the imobilizer needs replacing.

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