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    Delay between turning ignition key and startup? +

    When I start my X5 4.4i, I get a slight (less than one second) delay between when I turn the key to start the engine and when the starter itself actually engages the engine. In fact, sometimes it seems as if the time delay itself is inconsistent. Is this normal? I know the BMW ignition (what I'll call a "turn-and-release" switch) is not one that requires you to hold the key in the Start position until the engine starts (what I'll call a "hold" switch, like all American cars). Is the delay simply a characteristic of the difference between "hold" versus "turn-and-release" ignition switches or do I have something else amiss?


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    Yup this is normal, it's all electronic thats why

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    Agree on Normal; when cold, I turn key, \"listen\" +

    20 secs or so, to the electronics whizzing and whirling, then hear a "click",(the OBCs have awakened), and turn to on and it starts.<br>David
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