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      12-17-2011, 06:23 PM   #1
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Struggle to start car, multiple errors

I had extreme difficulty getting my car started this morning. It seemed to cough and not turn over. After maybe a dozen attempts, the starter seemed to catch enough where I could tap the gas a bit and get the car started. Then the errors came:

Engine malfunction!
Increased emissions!
DSC malfunction!
DBC malfunction!
Start-off assistance inactive!

There was hard rain here the last day or so, but if that's the cause I don't know what. This car has been running great all the way up through last night.

It's hard to tell from such unhelpful messages and I really don't expect it's enough info to go by to even ask if anyone here has any ideas? I'm out of state, far far away from my local dependable dealer service department, and I'm concerned I may end up without my car out here for some time.

(Any suggestions on dealer service department to go to in SoCal would be appreciated in this thread: )

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      12-17-2011, 07:12 PM   #2
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If you parked outside in heavy rain, this may be the problem. I think it was either the E36 or 46 cars that had starting problems after being left out in the rain or even going to a drive through car wash. The issue was water seeping into the computer module. The problem generally (but not always) went away after things dried out. I've not heard that this is an issue with E9- models, but who knows.

If the problem persists, a consult with a BMW service center would be a good idea.
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      12-17-2011, 08:22 PM   #3

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This is clearly electrical and nothin to do with your starter. Rain plus electrical is bad. Check your trunk for a leak or something. Explains why there are a million error messages from a variety of systems.
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