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I bough a 2004 X5 4.8 petrol 3days ago. It is sometimes

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I bough a 2004 X5 4.8 petrol 3days ago. It is sometimes starting fine and other times not. It will crank but not fire. The car was checked by a BMW mechanic and no diagnostic fault messages / battery probs etc. Any ideas?
JA: Does the battery look like it's leaking? And does it have a strong smell -- like sulfur?
Customer: Nope
JA: Are you fixing your X5 yourself? What have you tried so far?
Customer: I am not nope. Haven't tried anything as it sometimes works. Had a mechanic come round but he said could be loads of things. Called another BMW guy and he said it sounds like an issue with the key?
JA: Anything else you want the mechanic to know before I connect you?
Customer: That's it thanks
Submitted: 4 months ago.
Category: BMW
Customer: replied 4 months ago.
The central screen is also making a clicking sound when car is off and no key in ignition. Don't know if related.
Expert:  Merc320 replied 4 months ago.


I would agree with the key being the problem.

Have you only got one key????

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
I have got a spare but it's not with me so can't test. Just wanted to check to see if anything else. Is there any way to fix a faulty key if that the prob?
Expert:  Merc320 replied 4 months ago.

Only main agent sorry.

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