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    It almost sounds like perhaps the anit-theft is

    is not allowing the starter to be activated. Have you tried using a different key. Maybe your is flaky. Just a thought.


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    Re: Can I just jump it?

    No its a V8 that requires an enormous amount of cranking amps, purchase a new battery and try it then.

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    Re: E38 won't start, won't crank

    i have the same issue recently with my e38-97, exact symptoms, what was the fixed in your case? thanks

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    Re: E38 won't start, won't crank

    Try starting in neutral. If it starts then it may be the switch in the gear select. I didn't read all of the posts but a new battery is always the first place to start (jumps don't always do it if the battery has a short)

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    Re: E38 won't start, won't crank

    my transmission was hanging because I was in the process of replacing the drive shaft . if forgot to put the jack back and because I did not touch the car for 2 weeks plus the freezing temp in Chicago, my batt went dead.
    bottom line it was the dead batt + putting it into neutral made it start...

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